§ Mr. Nigel Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce further measures to prevent abuses of telephone premium rate services involving the offering of bogus prizes to lure telephone users into using the service.
§ Mr. Leigh
The independent committee for the supervision of standards of telephone information services —ICSTIS—the body responsible for regulating premium rate telephone services, is in the process of amending and strengthening the code of practice regulating premium rate services. The new code, which ICSTIS expects to have in place next month, contains further provisions specifically regulating competitions and similar services.