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Universal Service Obligations

EDM number 347 in 2004-05, proposed by Roger Williams on 08/12/2004.

That this House recognises the Universal Service Obligations which BT entered into at the time of privatisation by which it must provide affordable communications for those who do not have access to a landline or mobile phone; realises that dramatic changes in market-share and technology have distorted the telecommunications market over the past 20 years and that any review of BT's obligations should take account of these changes; acknowledges that, as an independent subsidiary of BT, BT Payphones is responsible for its own budget and that important restructuring needs to take place to avoid the collapse of the entire payphone network; agrees that payphones still have a crucial role to play in a comprehensive communications network, particularly in rural areas of the country where mobile phone coverage is poor or non-existent; notes that not all proposed cuts to payphone numbers are unreasonable, provided that the correct consultation procedures are adhered to; urges BT to continue to work within Ofcom's consultation guidelines regarding proposed payphone closures and to ensure that local authorities are neither misled nor ignorant as to their right to veto such closures; advises BT to investigate all other possible alternatives to maintaining payphones with local government and local businesses before planning removals; and calls upon BT to make every effort to work with local authorities in finding a sustainable long-term solution which would help relieve BT of some of its universal service obligations whilst also ensuring that the payphone network is maintained where it is so desperately needed.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Roger Williams08/12/2004Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratProposed
Bob Russell08/12/2004ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George08/12/2004St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle09/12/2004ChorleyLabourSigned
Rob Marris09/12/2004Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Ann Cryer09/12/2004KeighleyLabourSigned
Sue Doughty09/12/2004GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
David Taylor09/12/2004North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Paul Tyler09/12/2004North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Younger-Ross09/12/2004TeignbridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Hughes13/12/2004North Southwark & BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis13/12/2004Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
John McDonnell13/12/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Jenny Tonge14/12/2004Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Jones15/12/2004Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Nigel Jones15/12/2004CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Terry Lewis15/12/2004WorsleyLabourSigned
Eric Illsley16/12/2004Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Janet Anderson16/12/2004Rossendale & DarwenLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore16/12/2004HendonLabourSigned
Anne Campbell16/12/2004CambridgeLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara16/12/2004Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Gordon Marsden16/12/2004Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
Paul Marsden20/12/2004Shrewsbury & AtchamLiberal DemocratSigned
Annette Brooke20/12/2004Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Burstow20/12/2004Sutton & CheamLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Stunell20/12/2004Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Meale10/01/2005MansfieldLabourSigned
John Barrett10/01/2005Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew11/01/2005StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
David Crausby12/01/2005Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Sandra Gidley17/01/2005RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Jon Trickett17/01/2005HemsworthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington18/01/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Andy Reed20/01/2005LoughboroughLabour Co-operativeSigned

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