Wednesday 24 November 2004 9.03pm
You can stop unsolicited calls by registering your details with the Telephone Preference Service. It's free of charge, and you can do it online at this website: http://mpsonline.org.uk/tps/
It takes about a month for your details to filter through, but after that, if you receive an unsolicited call, the user can be fined.
I registered with them about 3 months ago. The calls haven't stopped entirely, but I get far fewer than I used to (only one every week or so, compared to the 10-15 a day I received before), and as soon as I tell people I am registered, they can't get off the phone quickly enough.