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Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda on proposals to eliminate roaming charges across the European Union; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

We understand from recent public statements by Vice President of the European Commission, Neelie Kroes, that the European Commission intends to bring forward a package of regulatory proposals in the telecommunications sector in the near future and that these proposals are likely to include proposals to eliminate roaming charges throughout the European Union.

The UK Government has been a strong supporter of co-ordinated action to reduce roaming charges through a series of regulations which have already resulted in substantial reductions in roaming charges. While Ministers have not had an opportunity to discuss proposals in detail with Vice President Kroes, we support the objective of further reducing roaming charges which will benefit business and retail consumers alike.

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