By way of follow up to our post of 22 November last year on the Unsolicited Telecommunications Bill 2013/14, the UK government has announced that the Bill will not progress any further. The Bill had been fully considered by the House of Lords and was due to progress into the House of Commons. However, the 2013/2014 session of Parliament has now come to an end (‘prorogued’) and with it all outstanding and uncompleted Parliamentary business. That includes the Bill. The Bill will not be carried over to the new session of Parliament which begins on 4 June. It will receive no further Parliamentary time and will not become law.
This news is likely to be received with relief by businesses which market their goods or services by telephone in the UK as the Bill would have required them to make radical changes to their advertising model.