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Consumer Protection (Unsolicited E-mails) Bill

Consumer Protection (Unsolicited E-mails) Bill






Make provision for the prevention of unsolicited commercial e-mail; to amend

the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000; and for

connected purposes.                                                                            

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

 1     Amendment of the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000

     (1)    The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 are amended as


     (2)    After regulation 24 (Inertia Selling), there is inserted—

       “24A            Prohibition of sending unsolicited commercial e-mails


           (1)           It shall be an offence to send unsolicited commercial e-mails.

           (2)           In this regulation—

                                  “commercial e-mails” means e-mails which advertise goods and


                                  “unsolicited” means, in relation to commercial e-mails, that they


are sent without any prior request made by or on behalf of the


           (3)           A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable

to a fine for each e-mail sent.

           (4)           The Secretary of State shall specify in regulations the level of fines to


apply in respect of an offence committed under subsection (1).

           (5)           Regulations made under this section shall be made by statutory

instrument which shall be subject to approval by each House of


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Consumer Protection (Unsolicited E-mails) Bill



 2     Short title and extent

     (1)    This Act may be cited as the Consumer Protection (Unsolicited E-mails) Act


     (2)    This Act extends to Northern Ireland.



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