HC Deb 01 May 1961 vol 639 c83W
46 and 47. Wing Commander Bullus

asked the Postmaster-General (1) what procedure he now follows in permitting the tapping of subscribers' telephones; who decides the duration; and whether his officials keep a record of any kind of the conversations overheard.

(2) How many complaints he has received within the last 12 months about allegations of telephone tapping; and what has been the nature of his replies.

Mr. Bevins

The procedure followed is that recommended in the Report of the Committee of Privy Councillors in Command Paper No. 283 of 1957, interceptions being made only on the express authority of a Secretary of State. Records of conversations overheard are not retained by Post Office officials.

I have received no complaints during the past 12 months.

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