British Telecommunications Act 1981
Long titleAn Act to establish a public corporation to be called British Telecommunications; to make provision with respect to its functions and to transfer to it certain property, rights and liabilities of the Post Office; to make further provision with respect to the Post Office; to provide for dealings by the Treasury in the shares of Cable and Wireless Limited; to amend the Telegraph Acts; and for connected purposes.
Citation1981 c. 38
Introduced byKeith Joseph
Territorial extent United Kingdom
Royal assent27 July 1981
Commencement1 October 1981
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted

The British Telecommunications Act 1981 (c. 38) is an act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that transferred the state-owned telephone network from the Post Office to a new statutory corporation, British Telecommunications, branded as "British Telecom".[1][2][3]


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  3. ^ "British Telecom". The Times. 1 October 1981. p. 9.