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A Statement on the Report on Telecommunications Development by the Scottish Parliament's Transport and Environment Committee

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29 March 2000

The UK telecommunications industry notes the report into telecommunications development published today by the Scottish Parliament's Transport and Environment Committee.

In doing so, the industry points out that the matters covered by the report have been the subject of a comprehensive inquiry by an independent expert group chaired by Professor Sir William Stewart FRS FRSE. The group's report is expected to be presented to the Minister for Public Health and published in May 2000.

The industry notes the recommendations made by the Transport and Environment Committee, awaits with interest the response of the Scottish Parliament plenary, and looks forward to working closely with the Scottish Executive and other stakeholders on taking this issue forward.

The industry understands public concerns regarding telecommunications development, and is committed to addressing these concerns.

This is why it is boosting dialogue with local government and local communities on providing improved services, making use of the latest in compact mobile phone base station design, and supporting new research into radio waves.

61% of UK adults access the internet from mobiles

Mobile phones cannot work without a network of base stations (masts). There are approximately 52,500 base station sites (excluding microcells) in the UK. Only a third of these are large, free standing masts. A YouGov survey for MOA (Sept 2014) showed that nearly 8 out of 10 people recognise the link between masts and good mobile coverage. Mobile telecommunications are vital for the UK’s economic competitiveness and in promoting social inclusion. There are now 89.9 million mobile subscriptions in the UK. In Q1 2015 61 per cent of UK adults used their mobile phones for internet access. Tablet ownership is 54% of UK households.

No Established Health Effects

Mobile phones operate by using radio waves, similar to those that have been widely used for decades, for example in radio, TV and radar signals. A large number of studies over the last two decades have found no clear evidence of adverse health effects from the use of mobile phones or from phone masts.