HC Deb 27 November 1980 vol 994 c138W
Mr. George

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will introduce legislation to make it an offence for newspapers to contain advertisements for devices which may be used for surveillance and bugging;

(2) if he is satisfied with legislation prohibiting the use of devices that may be used for private surveillance.

Mr. Whitelaw

I have no reason to think that the provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1949 and 1967 and the relevant subordinate legislation, which prohibit the unlicensed use of radio for aural surveillance and the importation and manufacture of radio surveillance equipment operating on frequencies between 88 and 108 MHz, are unsatisfactory. I have no plans to introduce statutory controls over other kinds of surveillance devices or to make the advertising of surveillance devices unlawful.