HC Deb 18 March 1980 vol 981 c122W
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 1979 and those months of the current year for which figures are available.

Mr. Raison

The only figures recorded relate to the number of licences to operate pipe-finder/metal detector devices issued under section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. For the period in question these were:

January 3,164
February 9,415
March 4,122
April 2,225
May 4,090
June 3,722
July 5,044
August 3,899
September 3,298
October 3,033
November 3,378
December 2,976

January 4,467
February 4,188