HC Deb 02 December 1980 vol 995 c51W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applied for licences to operate metal detecting devices in each month of 1980 up to the latest month for which figures are available.

Mr. Raison

The figures recorded relate only to the number of licences issued. For the period in question, these were:

January 4,467
February 4,188
March 2,907
April 2,852
May 2,426
June 2,861
July 2,178
August 1,180
September 1,108
October 1,031

We intend that wireless telegraphy licences will no longer be required for these devices from January 1981.