HC Deb 23 February 1978 vol 944 cc760-1W
Mr. Corbett

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will inquire into the frequency of requests from the police to the Post Office to provide lists of the destination, length and frequency of calls from private telephone numbers; whether he is satisfied with the present arrangements under which this is done; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

I understand that such factual information may be provided in response to a request from the police if the information is vital to police inquiries in a matter of serious crime, and cannot be obtained from other sources, or where the police are investigating calls made by fraudulent methods with intent to avoid due payment to the Post Office, or offences under Section 78 of the Post Office Act 1969—which includes, for example, indecent, menacing and annoyance

Period Wastage Recruitment
Men Women Total Men Women Total
1st April 1974 to 31st December 1977 1,062 203 1,265 1,442 443 1,885
1st January 1977 to 31st December 1977 359 81 450 334 119 453