HC Deb 06 June 1991 vol 192 c293W
Mr. O'Hara

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to ensure a comprehensive emergency telephone service under the Government's policy for telecommunications.

Mr. Redwood

All public telecommunications operators including BT, Mercury Communications and the two cellular operators, Cellnet and Racal-Vodafone, are obliged under their respective operating licences to provide an emergency call service to the public free of charge—the "999" service—enabling them to notify emergency organisations (police, fire and ambulance services) of' emergencies.