HC Deb 14 December 1983 vol 50 cc481-2W
50. Mr. Watts

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he is satisfied with the progress in introducing competition into the telecommunications market.

Mr. Butcher

My hon. Friend the Minister for Information Technology made a statement on 17 November outlining the progress we have already made to introduce competiton into the telecommunications market and the steps we propose to take over the remainder of the decade. In the two years since the British Telecommunications Act became law there has been significant progress towards the introduction of competiton. The early enactment of the Telecommunications Bill will greatly assist us to ensure that market forces bring benefits to as many users of telecommunications as possible.