Jenny Willott MP welcomes Parliamentary Report to Tackle Nuisance Calls

October 30, 2013 4:48 PM

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Jenny Willott, Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has welcomed the publication of a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Nuisance Calls on the unsolicited marketing industry.

The APPG, which is made up of MPs from across the UK and the political spectrum, was set up to help the many thousands of constituents plagued by nuisance calls by investigating existing unscrupulous practices and identifying deficiencies in the current legislation. The Group launched an inquiry into nuisance calls in July with the aim of finding a solution to the menace affecting everyone in the UK.

The Inquiry was extremely well received across the industry, with telecoms providers, regulators, consumer groups and solution providers all contributing, as well as members of the public.

The resulting report will be presented to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ed Vaizey MP, ahead of its official launch on Thursday 31st October at 9:30am.

Recommendations in the report include:

Commenting on the report, Jenny Willott MP said:

"I know from personal experience how annoying unsolicited texts and phone calls can be; more seriously, they can also put many vulnerable and elderly people at risk of fraud just as much as if a crook was turning up at their door.

"This report paints a worrying picture of people being constantly pestered by nuisance calls and spam text messages on a daily basis. We need to tackle these intrusions head on and make it easier for people to protect their privacy. Whilst some progress has been made recently, more can and should be done. The report sets out clear recommendations which I hope the Government and industry will consider."

Richard Lloyd, Which? Executive Director said:

"Millions of us are being bombarded with nuisance calls and texts and people are totally sick and tired of it. We're pleased to see MPs recognising that the current system is failing the public and that the Government must go further and faster to call time on this menace.

"We need to see the law strengthened so people have greater control over use of their personal data and to make it easier for regulators to take action against companies breaking the rules."

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