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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 26th June 2013.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Labour, Wentworth and Dearne 11:00 am, 26th June 2013

I welcome the success that my hon. Friend has had in securing the debate, and also the fact that he is campaigning hard on the matter, as am I. It is important to expose the rip-off rates that some people have to pay to access essential public services and information.

My hon. Friend mentions the revenue sharing, which is part of the deal for 084 numbers. Both he and I have tabled parliamentary questions, and I have had seven Departments say to me that they do not get any financial or non-financial benefit from the lines. That, however, contradicts what Ofcom believes to be the case, and I have, therefore, had to write to those seven Departments. Does my hon. Friend agree that, as a follow-up to the debate, something the Minister might usefully do is ensure that attention is drawn to other Departments that use the numbers but do not appear to know that they should be gaining a financial benefit—at a cost to many of the poorest, who pay the extra charges?

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Ian G
Posted on 28 Jun 2013 1:46 pm (Report this annotation)

"I have had seven Departments say to me that they do not get any financial or non-financial benefit from the lines. That, however, contradicts what Ofcom believes to be the case..."

The response received from Land Registry on 15 April 2013 is probably the most concerning. See the annotation that I have added next to their answer. It can be found here:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2013-04-15b.150009.h