Beith is pleased with report into nuisance calls

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A NORTHUMBERLAND MP has welcomed the publication of the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group’s (APPG’s) inquiry into the unsolicited marketing industry.

The APPG, 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.

It launched the inquiry in July with the aim of finding a solution and identifying deficiencies in the current legislation.

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

Sir Alan Beith, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, said: “My constituents contact me daily, expressing how fed up they are of being constantly pestered by nuisance calls and spam text messages.

“It is appalling that consumers are not being properly protected and are being targeted every day. Businesses, including my own constituency office, are also being bothered by unwanted calls.

“Doing nothing is no longer an option and this report paints a worrying picture of a country under siege.

“Whilst some progress has been made recently, it is not enough. The report clearly sets out recommendations which can easily be implemented by Government and industry.

“Many of the recommendations are already included in Mike Crockart’s Private Member’s Bill and Alun Cairns’ 10 Minute Rule Bill.

“We need action now, not in a year’s time. I hope the regulators, Government and industry, rise to the challenge laid down by this report and make the necessary changes which are so desperately needed.”