§ Mrs. Gillan
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what steps are being taken to eliminate the sending of unsolicited faxes from telemarketing companies. 
§ Mrs. Roche
The EU Distance Selling Directive, which should be implemented by June 2000, will prohibit suppliers such as telemarketing companies from sending faxes to consumers without their prior consent. I will consult on implementation of this Directive early next year. In the meantime, people can register with the Fax Preference Service (FPS). The companies who subscribe to it undertake that they will not sent unsolicited faxes to any consumer who registers with the FPS.