§ 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.