§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what consultation he has had with the Director General of Office of Telecommunications concerning the disturbance to the national trunk telephone system on 4 July, covered by telephone calls made to the tele-sales facility for the sale of M prefix personalised number plates; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Ian Taylor
Issues relating to telecommunications services of this kind in the United Kingdom are a matter for the Director General of Telecommunications. I am aware that the hon. Member has raised his concerns with the Director General who has written to him in reply. I understand that safeguards put in place by BT to deal with the tele-sales facility in question prevented any threat of network failure.