01 April 1998

MOUNTING PRESSURE from Labour backbenchers may compel the government to take action against the senders of unsolicited ‘junk faxes’. The mushrooming £36m-a-year fax-back industry has been condemned by 36 Labour signatories to a House of Commons motion. Fax-back schemes invite recipients to reply by fax or telephone to obtain information, goods or services - at premium rates of up to £1.50 a minute. The motion urges the government to tighten regulations applying to the communications industry but ministers’ response is that the issue is under review and they will act only if the industry fails to put its house in order.