HC Deb 20 December 1990 vol 183 c322W
Mr. Day

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards the advertising of radar detectors for use by motorists and the use of those devices by motorists.

Mr. John Patten

The use of such equipment without a licence granted by the Secretary of State constitutes an offence under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. It is also an offence at common law to incite another to commit a crime, whether or not the incitement is successful in persuading the person to commit the offence. The courts have held that a company which advertised a device which could detect police radar traps was properly convicted of inciting people who read the advertisement to commit an offence.