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Obscene Telephone Calls

EDM number 153 in 1989-90, proposed by Mildred Gordon on 05/12/1989.

That this House notes with concern the results of a gallup poll conducted by Channel 4 Television showing that every year over eight million obscene telephone calls are received by women in Britain and that every day more than two thousand of these calls also threaten violence, that a number of women terrorised by such repeated calls move house or have mental breakdowns, that nevertheless telephone companies and the police rarely give this matter priority or attempt to trace the offenders, that the penalty for sending obscene letters through the post, Malicious Communications Act 1988, is higher than for making obscene calls, Telecommunications Act 1984, that fifteen per cent. of the callers know the women they call, though the women may not know them, and that some rapists also make obscene calls which are themselves a form of violence and an invasion of privacy; and therefore asks the Home Secretary to set up an inquiry into the extent of this problem, to examine the work of the special department of Bell Telephone Incorporated of New Jersey, United States of America which helps victims trap offending callers, to take measures to improve the rate of detection and conviction of offenders and to take steps leading to the amendment of the said Telecommunications Act 1984, section 43 increasing the penalty; and calls upon the Director General of Telecommunications to make a condition of granting licences to British Telecom and Mercury that they each set up a department at their own expense to trace obscene phone calls when requested to do so in writing by victims.

This motion has been signed by a total of 69 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Mildred Gordon05/12/1989Bow and PoplarProposed
Jimmy Hood05/12/1989ClydesdaleSeconded
Alice Mahon05/12/1989HalifaxSeconded
John Battle05/12/1989Leeds WestSigned
Gerry Steinberg05/12/1989Durham, City ofSigned
George Foulkes05/12/1989Carrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleySigned
Paul Flynn05/12/1989Newport WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie05/12/1989Glasgow, PollokSigned
Bob Cryer05/12/1989Bradford SouthSigned
Harry Cohen05/12/1989LeytonSigned
Nigel Spearing05/12/1989Newham SouthSigned
John Smith05/12/1989Vale of GlamorganSigned
John McAllion06/12/1989Dundee EastSigned
Harry Barnes06/12/1989North East DerbyshireSigned
Llin Golding06/12/1989Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
John Cummings06/12/1989EasingtonSigned
Frank Cook06/12/1989Stockton NorthSigned
Ronnie Campbell06/12/1989Blyth ValleySigned
Richard Caborn06/12/1989Sheffield CentralSigned
Keith Bradley06/12/1989Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Bill Michie06/12/1989Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale06/12/1989MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey06/12/1989Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Tony Lloyd06/12/1989StretfordSigned
David Hinchliffe06/12/1989WakefieldSigned
Ernie Ross06/12/1989Dundee WestSigned
Terry Patchett06/12/1989Barnsley EastSigned
Jim Wallace07/12/1989Orkney & ShetlandSigned
James Wray07/12/1989Glasgow ProvanSigned
Alan Williams07/12/1989Swansea WestSigned
Tony Banks07/12/1989Newham North WestSigned
Win Griffiths07/12/1989BridgendSigned
Charles Kennedy07/12/1989Ross and Cromarty and SkyeSigned
Robert Hughes07/12/1989Aberdeen NorthSigned
Doug Hoyle07/12/1989Warrington NorthSigned
Dennis Skinner07/12/1989BolsoverSigned
Jeremy Corbyn07/12/1989Islington NorthSigned
Diane Abbott08/12/1989Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonSigned
Peter Hardy11/12/1989WentworthSigned
Norman Godman11/12/1989Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe11/12/1989LeighSigned
Tom Cox11/12/1989TootingSigned
Ian McCartney11/12/1989MakerfieldSigned
Eric Illsley11/12/1989Barnsley CentralSigned
Jeff Rooker11/12/1989Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Martin Redmond11/12/1989Don ValleySigned
Robert Parry11/12/1989Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Peter Pike11/12/1989BurnleySigned
Maria Fyfe12/12/1989Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Joan Walley12/12/1989Stoke-on-Trent NorthSigned
Dawn Primarolo13/12/1989Bristol SouthSigned
Kenneth Eastham13/12/1989Manchester, BlackleySigned
Terry Davis13/12/1989Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Chris Smith14/12/1989Islington South & FinsburySigned
George Galloway14/12/1989Glasgow HillheadSigned
Joan Ruddock20/12/1989Lewisham, DeptfordSigned
Jack Thompson21/12/1989WansbeckSigned
Eddie Loyden12/01/1990Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Tommy Graham18/01/1990Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Gareth Wardell22/01/1990GowerSigned
Audrey Wise23/01/1990PrestonSigned
Allan Rogers25/01/1990RhonddaSigned
Max Madden29/01/1990Bradford WestSigned
Martyn Jones31/01/1990Clwyd South WestSigned
Ralph Howell01/02/1990North NorfolkSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours08/02/1990WorkingtonSigned
John Garrett08/02/1990Norwich SouthSigned
Hilary Armstrong19/02/1990North West DurhamSigned
Norman BuchanUnknownWithdrawn

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