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Televising And Recording Of Private Individuals

Volume 387: debated on Tuesday 22 November 1977

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will instruct the police that the consent of a magistrate must be obtained before television or recording equipment is installed in public or private premises for the purpose of surveying private individuals.

There is no power to issue such instructions; the use of such equipment is for each chief officer of police to decide in the light of the circumstances. The Home Office keeps in close touch with chief officers in these matters and my right honourable friend is satisfied that they appreciate the sensitivity of the issues involved and the need for decisions to be weighed carefully.House adjourned at seven o'clock.