HC Deb 26 July 1979 vol 971 c389W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were given approval to operate metal detectors during the last year; and what advice is given to an individual seeking to pursue such activity.

Mr. Raison

From 1 June 1978 to 31 May 1979, 48,485 licences were issued to operate pipe-finder/metal detector equipment. The licence sets out the regulatory conditions associated with the use of the equipment. In an explanatory note attached to the licence, licensees are advised that the licence does not absolve them from obtaining any necessary consent before entering on private property.

Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Surrey county council following his Department's refusal to approve a byelaw to provide additional powers to pre-

Aug—Dec 1975 1976 1977 1978
Murder 1
Other offences against the person 1 1 3 2
Sexual offences 1
Theft Act offences 12 19 24 18
Forgery 5 1 2
Other offences 2 6 2 4
Total:- 20 27 31 26