MPs debate new laws to tackle 'irritating' nuisance calls

For pensioner George Haynes, unsolicited marketing calls are as unwelcome as they are unwanted.

He regularly receives calls from companies selling things like insurance or offering compensation, and has been known to receive up to nine calls a day.

He's not alone - figures show almost three-quarters of landline customers have had a call from a marketing salesperson, and almost half of us have been on the receiving end of an automated 'silent' call.

Today MPs debated whether new laws are needed to crack down on so-called 'nuisance calls' - as Ian Lang reports.

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Nuisance calls debate

The Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has called a debate on the problem of nuisance calls. Ofcom research says that 71% of people got a live marketing call during a six-month period last year.