Written Answers. - Cordless Phones.

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

31 Mr. Kenneally asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications if he will legalise the use of cordless phones without the necessity for licensing in view of the advances in communications technology, the wide availability of cordless phones with limited range and their benefits to users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3057/97]

It is not the policy of my Department to require cordless telephones to be licensed under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts. A formal exemption order is in preparation which will place exemptions for properly type-approved equipment on a statutory basis.

I should emphasise, however, that cordless phones are "telecommunications terminal equipment" as defined in EU law. All such equipment which is intended to be placed on the market within the European Union must be of a type approved for use in accordance with EU law.