HC Deb 09 March 1981 vol 1000 c233W
Mr. Richard Page

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role he sees for data transmission via police and fire brigades' radio communications networks, bearing in mind the need for confidentiality to be protected.

Mr. Mayhew

Such transmissions still represent a very small proportion of messages, and, so far as we are aware, do not involve questions of confidentiality. An increase in the use of these techniques depends upon a number of considerations, including cost, which are likely to be limiting factors in the immediate future. The question of confidentiality will also weigh heavily.