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Illegal Radio Transmissions

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by his Department and other enforcement authorities to stop illegal AM and single side band transmissions which cause serious interference on other domestic appliances as well as on the legal FM bands.

Within the limitations on manpower and resources, the radio interference service of British Telecom, which acts as our agent in these matters, is doing everything possible to trace users of illegal CB sets with a view to prosecuting them. The importation of CB sets which do not meet the requirements of the legal service is prohibited, and large numbers of such sets are seized by Her Majesty's Customs. We are considering the need for legislation to strengthen the existing enforcement powers.