HC Deb 20 March 1998 vol 308 cc762-3W
Mr. Clapham

To ask the President of the Board of Trade what plans she has to bring mobile phone companies under OFTEL. [34524]

Mrs. Roche

[holding answer 16 March 1998]: Mobile phone companies, like all other telecommunications operators, are licensed under the Telecommunications Act 1984 and regulated by OFTEL. In regulating the provision of licensed telecommunication services, the Director of Telecommunications may refer matters which he considers operate or may be expected to operate against the public interest to the MMC and ask whether any effects adverse to the public interest could be remedied by way of licence modification.