Embargo: Immediate Thursday 1 February 2007

Contact: Owen Williams 020 7219 8659


The House of Lords EU Committee will next week begin an inquiry into the European Commission's proposal for a regulation on roaming charges made by mobile phone operators for the use of mobile phones in other countries of the EU.

The objective of the Commission's draft regulation is to ensure that mobile phone users don't pay excessive prices for international roaming services when making and receiving calls.

The Committee will be looking in detail at the Commission's proposals and will then report back with their findings in April. The Committee have issued a Call for Evidence and are requesting submissions by 23 February. Some of the issues they will be exploring are:

  • Are charges for making and receiving call on mobile phones in different member states appropriate or excessive? Is the market sufficiently competitive?

  • Have the mobile phone industry been effective in self-regulating to keep down charges?

  • Will the proposed regulations risk narrowing the space for competition and harming investment and innovation in the sector?

  • Would lower roaming charges spill over into higher charges for other mobile telephony services?

Notes to Editors

1. A Call for Evidence was issued on 19 January 2007 and can be found here:

2. The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 23 February 2007.

3. The members of the Committee who will conduct the inquiry are:

Lord Freeman (Chairman)

Lord Dykes

Baroness Eccles of Moulton

Lord Fyfe of Fairfield

Lord Geddes

Lord Haskel

Lord Lee of Trafford

Lord Mitchell

Lord Powell of Bayswater

Lord St John of Bletso