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Illegal Broadcasting

Volume 482: debated on Wednesday 5 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he and his officials have had with the Sentencing Guidelines Council on the introduction of guidelines for the offence of illegal broadcasting; and if he will make a statement. (232147)

No discussions have been had with the Sentencing Guidelines Council on the introduction of guidelines for the offence of illegal broadcasting.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have received the maximum sentence on conviction for illegal broadcasting in each of the last 10 years; (232148)

(2) what steps he is taking to reduce repeat offending by those convicted of offences relating to illegal radio broadcasts.

The offence referred to is a provision in section 8 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006—unauthorised use etc. of wireless telegraphy station or apparatus.

According to the court proceedings database held by the Department, no persons have been convicted for unauthorised use etc of wireless telegraphy station or apparatus as a principal offence.