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Orders of the Day — Utilities Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:20 pm on 31st January 2000.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield 4:20 pm, 31st January 2000

Does my hon. Friend agree that it is a matter not merely of over-regulation but of overlap of regulations? Does she agree that there are real concerns in the telecommunications industry—especially on the part of BT—about the overlap between the consumer councils and the regulating authorities? Is she aware that that will impose extra costs on telecommunications companies and that those costs will inevitably be passed on to the consumer?