‘VISA Debit’ transactions have, for the first time, surpassed the number of ‘Switch’ transactions in the UK. According to new data released this morning by the Association for Payment Clearing Service, ‘VISA Debit’ transactions for the month of April 2000 reached Â£2,956 million or 2% more than ‘Switch’. In the UK payment by check has declined considerably, by nearly 28% since 1990 says APACS. The on-line ‘Switch’ brand is limited to domestic acceptance whereas ‘VISA Debit’ has global acceptance. According to CardPlanet ([www.cardplanet.com]), major ‘VISA Debit’, ‘VISA Electron’ and ‘VISA Delta’ issuers in the UK include Lloyds TSB, Barclays, Abbey National, Alliance & Leicester and Cooperative Bank.