HC Deb 07 May 1982 vol 23 c148W
Miss Richardson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with present legislation governing the distribution, sale and licensing of counter-espionage, bugging and other devices, especially those involving the use of telephones and radio equipment

Mr. Whitelaw

I am satisfied that the provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1949 and 1967, and the relevant subordinate legislation, provide adequate powers to prohibit the use of radio for aural surveillance and the importation and manufacture of radio surveillance equipment operating between frequencies 88 and 108 MHz. The Government intend, when parliamentary time permits, to introduce legislation providing for the prohibition of the sale or advertising of such devices.