Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has called for action to put an end to nuisance calls.
He has welcomed the publication of a parliamentary inquiry into the unsolicited marketing industry.
Sir Alan said: “My constituents contact me daily, expressing how fed up they are of being constantly pestered by nuisance calls and spam text messages.
“Doing nothing is no longer an option, and this report paints a worrying picture of a country under siege.”
He added: “It is appalling that consumers are not being properly protected and are being targeted every day. Businesses, including my own constituency office, are also being bothered by unwanted calls. Whilst some progress has been made recently, it is not enough.”
The report clearly sets out recommendations which can easily be implemented by Government and industry.
Sir Alan continued: “Many of the recommendations are already included in Mike Crockart MP’s Private Member’s Bill and Alun Cairns MP’s 10 Minute Rule Bill.
“We need action now, not in a year’s time. I hope the regulators, Government and industry rise to the challenge laid down by this report and make the necessary changes which are so desperately needed.”
Richard Lloyd, Which? Executive Director said: “Millions of us are being bombarded with nuisance calls and texts and people are totally sick and tired of it. We’re pleased to see MPs recognising that the current system is failing the public and that the Government must go further and faster to call time on this menace.
“We need to see the law strengthened so people have greater control over use of their personal data and to make it easier for regulators to take action against companies breaking the rules.”