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Parliament: Deaf Access to Telecommunications

Malcolm Bruce (Gordon, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform if he will review the definition of relay services for the deaf in the Government's 2003 Universal Service Order to include newer technologies such as video and internet protocol relay; and if he will make a statement.

Malcolm Wicks (Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform; Croydon North, Labour)

holding answer 22 January 2008

The matter raised is the responsibility of the independent regulator, the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which is accountable to Parliament rather than Ministers. Accordingly, I have asked the chief executive of Ofcom to reply directly to the right hon. Member. Copies of the chief executive's letter will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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