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Obscene Telephone Calls

EDM (Early Day Motion) 153: tabled on 05 December 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 79 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 8 December 1989
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Archer, Peter
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Warley West
Armstrong, Hilary
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1990
North West Durham
Ashley, Jack
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Stoke-on-Trent South
Banks, Tony
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Newham North West
Barnes, Mr Harry
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
North East Derbyshire
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Leeds West
Bradley, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Manchester, Withington
Caborn, Mr Richard
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Sheffield Central
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Blyth Valley
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 8 February 1990
Workington
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Leyton
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Islington North
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Tooting
Cryer, Bob
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Bradford South
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Leigh
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 13 December 1989
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dunnachie, Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Glasgow, Pollok
Eastham, Ken
Labour
Signed on 13 December 1989
Manchester, Blackley
Flannery, Martin
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Newport West
Foulkes, George
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 12 December 1989
Glasgow, Maryhill
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 14 December 1989
Glasgow, Hillhead
Garrett, John
Labour
Signed on 8 February 1990
Norwich South
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Greenock and Port Glasgow
Golding, Mrs Llin
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 18 January 1990
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Grant, Bernie
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Tottenham
Gregory, Conal
Conservative
Signed on 6 December 1989
York
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Bridgend
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Wentworth
Hinchliffe, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Wakefield
Howell, Sir Ralph
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 1990
North Norfolk
Hoyle, Doug
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Warrington North
Hughes, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Harrow West
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Barnsley Central
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 31 January 1990
Clwyd South West
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 December 1989
Ross, Cromarty and Skye
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Stretford
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 12 January 1990
Liverpool, Garston
Madden, Max
Labour
Signed on 29 January 1990
Bradford West
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Dundee East
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Makerfield
McKay, Allen
Labour
Signed on 14 December 1989
Barnsley West and Penistone
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Mansfield
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Sheffield, Heeley
Nellist, Mr Dave
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Coventry South East
Parry, Robert
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Liverpool, Riverside
Patchett, Terry
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Barnsley East
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Burnley
Primarolo, Dawn
Labour
Signed on 13 December 1989
Bristol South
Redmond, Martin
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Don Valley
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 25 January 1990
Rhondda
Rooker, Mr Jeff
Labour
Signed on 11 December 1989
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1989
Dundee West
Ruddock, Joan
Labour
Signed on 20 December 1989
Lewisham, Deptford
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Bolsover
Smith, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 14 December 1989
Islington South and Finsbury
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Vale of Glamorgan
Spearing, Nigel
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
Newham South
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1989
City of Durham
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 21 December 1989
Wansbeck
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 December 1989
Orkney and Shetland
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 12 December 1989
Stoke-on-Trent North
Wardell, Gareth
Labour
Signed on 22 January 1990
Gower
Williams, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Swansea West
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 23 January 1990
Preston
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 7 December 1989
Glasgow, Provan

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.