§ 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:
1979 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
1980 January 4,467 February 4,188