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Obscene Phone Calls

Volume 210: debated on Thursday 25 June 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of obscene telephone calls were reported in the year 1991–92; how many offenders were charged; and how many were convicted.

It is not possible from the information held centrally to identify offences under section 43(1)(a) of the Telecommunications Act 1984—obscene, indecent, menacing or grossly offensive telephone calls—from other summary offences under the same Act. However, our statistics show that in 1990, there were 700 prosecutions and 520 convictions for summary offences as a whole under the aforesaid Act.