Today, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur will propose the following motion at Holyrood.
This motion has attracted support from Labour, Tory, SNP and Green MSPs. The debate takes place at 5pm tonight. Ahead of his speech, Liam said:S4M-04204 ♦ Liam McArthur () (Scottish Liberal Democrats): That the Parliament understands that nuisance calls blight the lives of many people in Orkney and across Scotland; believes that these calls are particularly distressful for older, vulnerable people; is concerned that a quarter of a billion nuisance calls are made to Scots each year and that complaints about silent or abandoned calls in the UK have trebled in 2012; believes that poor regulation is failing to address the problem and that the rise in companies offering redress for missold payment protection insurance and a lack of consumer knowledge are exacerbating the situation; considers that more must be done to tackle nuisance calls and other forms of unsolicited contact, and would welcome a single, simple point of contact for any individual wishing to protect their privacy from unwanted calls, texts, faxes and emails.
Astonishingly, there were 650 million silent calls made in the UK and 45 million spam texts sent in Europe last year alone. Every Scot is bombarded with 50 nuisance calls each year and, largely as a result of the obtrusive calls, 3 million people across the UK will be scammed out of £800 this year.
Even after joining the Telephone Preference Service, some people continue to receive nuisance calls relating to PPI compensation, accident claims or pay-day loan companies.
Measures currently in place to shield people from nuisance calls are not doing the job. The Liberal Democrats are calling for both of Scotland’s governments to work together to bring about measures that will protect millions of Scots from nuisance calls.
This could be done through the creation of a single point of contact for anyone wishing to protect their privacy from unwanted calls, texts or e-mails. Many of my constituents in Orkney have been in touch to tell me how fed up they are of nuisance calls and texts to their mobiles and home phones. I would urge people from across Scotland to sign our petition and make their voice heard in the fight against nuisance calls.
Edinburgh West's Lib Dem MP Mike Crockart started this campaign which has been backed by the Sunday Post. If you agree, you can sign up here.
Mike had a similar debate in Westminster two weeks ago. This is his speech from Hansard: