§ Mr. Freeson
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to review the question of standing charges levied on customers by British Telecom with a view to (a) reducing them, (b) abolishing them for certain categories of user or (c) allowing a basic consumption of units at a reduced rate or free of charge.
§ Mr. Butcher
Telephone tariffs are a matter for British Telecom. The Government welcome, however, the low-user rental rebate scheme introduced by BT in January this year.