§ 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.