Report calls time on nuisance callers

Angus MP Mike Weir with his copy of the report.
Angus MP Mike Weir with his copy of the report.

A recent Government report on the problem of marketing calls depicts “a country under siege”, according to local MP Mike Weir.

The report, published last week, follows an inquiry by an All Party Parliamentary Group, of which Mr Weir was a member, into unsolicited marketing.

The group, which consisted of MPs from across the UK and the political spectrum, was set up in July to help the thousands of constituents plagued by nuisance calls by investigating existing unscrupulous practices and identifying deficiencies in the current legislation.

Mr Weir said the inquiry was “extremely well received” with contributions from telecoms providers, regulators, consumer groups and solution providers as well as members of the public.

He said: “I have received many approaches from constituents across Angus 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.

“It is especially worrying that many of those receiving such messages are elderly, and also that even those who are registered with the Telephone Preference Service are not adequately protected from this barrage of unwanted calls,

“Doing nothing is no longer an option, and this report paints a worrying picture of a country under siege. The report clearly sets out recommendations which can easily be implemented by Government and industry.”

The report has also been welcomed by consumer organisation Which?.

Richard Lloyd, executive director, said: “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.”