§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the implications for the telecoms sector of the increasing use of internet telephony. 
§ Mr. Timms
New services that can offer consumers lower prices and advanced features are welcome additions to a competitive telecommunications market. Ofcom, the telecommunications and broadcasting regulator, is currently considering the regulatory issues concerning voice over broadband (VoB) services as part of a wider strategic review of telecommunications. It has also consulted on specific issues such as numbering arrangements and runs a VoB industry group.
The Ofcom Strategic Review of Telecommunications can be found at: http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/telecoms_review/index.htm
Details of the VoB industry group can be found at: hap: //www.ofcom.org.uK/ind_groups/ind_groups/telecommunications/vob/?a =87101