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Transmitters (Licences)

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time taken for an application to be granted to a private individual for a licence for a short-range transmitter ; and if he will list the powers he has to grant and revoke licences.

Over 70 different classes of licence for radio transmitting equipment are issued by this Department. The time taken to issue a licence depends on the complexity of the application and the current level of demand, and varies between a few days and several weeks. I shall be pleased to consider any particular case which my hon. Friend has in mind.The requirement for a user of radio equipment to hold a licence and my right hon. Friend's power to revoke licences are contained in section 1 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949.