Thursday, 25 July 2013

Inquiry Launched Into Nuisance Calls After Cambridge MP Backs Campaign

A campaign to outlaw nuisance phone calls and texts supported by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has led to a Parliamentary investigation.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee is to launch an inquiry into the issue and is calling for written evidence from anyone who wishes to contribute.

It comes after Julian backed a Private Member’s Bill calling on the government to reform the way personal data can be traded.

The Communication (Unsolicited Telephone Calls and Texts) Bill was presented to the House of Commons in June by Edinburgh West MP, Liberal Democrat Mike Crockart.

Mr Crockart has been running a ‘No to Nuisance Calls’ campaign for a year and has set up and now co-chairs an all-party Parliamentary group on nuisance calls. The group is working with cross-party MPs across the UK to help people plagued by nuisance calls and to keep a close eye on unsolicited marketing industry and its unscrupulous operators.

Julian said about the inquiry: “This is excellent news. Most of us have received calls or texts that we don’t want because our personal data has got into the hands of companies cold calling.

“For many of us this is a just irritating, but for vulnerable people the consequences could be much more serious as they are sold goods and services that they don’t want. A change in the law would offer much needed protection.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the inquiry is asked to write a short submission in word format and send it by email to cmsev@parliament.uk with ”Nuisance calls” in the subject line. Submissions should be received by Thursday, 15 August 2013.

Local Parish Councillor Andy Pellew said; "The first step to blocking nuisance calls is signing up to the Telephone Preference Service, however this service was first launched a decade ago and is rarely publicised. I full support Julians efforts to further improve the situation and reduce the number of nuisance calls and texts."