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That this House notes with concern the decision by British Telecom to introduce a charge on customers who decide not to pay their bill by direct debit or monthly payment plan; acknowledges that these forms of payment may save BT some administrative costs but that consumers deserve to be able to make a free choice about the method they use without financial blackmail; further notes that only 92 per cent. of households have bank accounts and that these charges would penalise the poorest more than other groups; further notes that BT made profits of £1.4 billion in the final quarter of last year alone; and calls upon BT to review the introduction of this charge immediately and on other utility companies not to introduce similar charges.
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at end add `and further calls on the Secretary of State to refer the matter to the competition authorities.'.
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