§ Mr. Congdon
To ask the President of the Board of Trade which operators will he required to comply with the telecommunications provisions of the Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992.
§ Mr. Leigh
The Competition and Service (Utilities) Act 1992 will apply only to those telecommunication operators which have been designated under the provisions of section 10. The power to designate can be exercised only it' the President is satisfied that the operator provides at least 25 per cent. of the voice telephony services supplied within the area in relation to which he is a public telecommunications operator. Only BT and Kingston Communications (Hull) plc meet that criterion and I have signed an order today so designating them.