The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is a central opt out register whereby individuals can register their wish not to receive unsolicited sales and marketing telephone calls. It is a legal requirement that companies do not make such calls to numbers registered on the TPS.
The original legislation was introduced in May 1999. It has subsequently been updated and now the relevant legislation is the Privacy and Electronic (EC Directive) Regulations 2003.
The term individual includes consumers at their residential address, sole traders and, except in Scotland, partnerships.
Once a number has been registered it will become effective in 28 days.
No, it's free to register on the TPS.
No money is received from the Government to run the Service, the direct marketing industry pays for it.