Mike Weir welcomes parliamentary report

Angus MP Mike Weir has welcomed the report.

Angus MP Mike Weir has welcomed the report.

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A government report, aimed at tackling the problem of nuisance marketing call issues, was published last week.

The report followed an inquiry held by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and has been welcomed by group member and Angus MP Mike Weir.

Mr Weir, who has campaigned for something to be done to protect consumers, took part in the evidence sessions for the APPG, which is made up of MPs from across the UK covering all political parties.

The inquiry, which was launched in July, 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, with the aim of finding a solution to the menace affecting everyone in the UK.

Commenting on the inquiry, Mike Weir MP said: “I have received many, 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.

“While 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.

“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.”

The inquiry has also been welcomed by Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, who added: “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.”