Britons Get Two Million Nuisance Calls A Day
Two million nuisance calls and texts are made every day, according to government figures.
Concern has grown about not only the annoyance caused to consumers but also the potential for distress and financial harm.
Industry figures show around 30 million Britons received an unwanted communication about Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) alone last year.
According to Citizens Advice, nine out of 10 people who receive these calls say they do not trust companies who resort to cold calling.
A debate on the issues surrounding nuisance calls will take place in the House of Commons today.
It will be led by Liberal Democrat Mike Crockart, who is campaigning to curb the practice of cold calling.
MPs will push the Government to take action on the way consent is given and used, getting the industry itself to act responsibly to protect vulnerable consumers.
Research from Citizens Advice last year found people were being harassed by cold calls for a range of products and services.
According to a survey of 5,682 British adults aged 18 and over, the most common unexpected sales calls, texts and emails made to households in Britain are:
:: Personal injury and accident claims (42%)
:: Gas and electricity suppliers (40%)
:: Double glazing firms (29%)
:: Firms selling debt relief services (23%)
:: Offers for extended warranty on products (14%)
:: Firms selling pension unlocking services (10%)
Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: "It is time companies hang-up marketing plans that bombard people with unwanted phone calls, text messages and automated voicemails.
"I'd like to see financial service companies banned from cold calling. A ban on these firms would help people know a call out of the blue is one not to be trusted."