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The Wireless Telegraphy (Cordless Telephone Apparatus) (Restriction) Order 1987

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1.  This Order may be cited as the Wireless Telegraphy (Cordless Telephone Apparatus) (Restriction) Order 1987 and shall come into force on 21st May 1987.


2.  In this Order:—

“the 1967 Act” means the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1967(2):

the Specification” means Performance Specification MPT 1322 first published in August 1982, as amended;

“cordless telephone apparatus” means apparatus for wireless telegraphy consisting of a base station and one or more mobile stations where:—


each of such stations is designed or adapted to be used


to send verbal messages to be conveyed over a public telecommunication system; and


to receive messages conveyed over a public telecommunication system; and


each of such stations is capable of simultaneously sending such verbal messages to any and every other such station; and


the base station only is capable of connection to a public telecommunication system;

“exempt cordless telephone apparatus” means cordless telephone apparatus which is designed or adapted to operate on not more than two of the channels specified in paragraph 1.2 of the Specification and which complies with the terms, provisions and limitations specified in regulation 3 of, and the Schedule to, the Wireless Telegraphy (Exemption) Regulations 1982(1),

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3.—(1) Save as is provided in section 7(5) of the 1967 Act, the actions specified in paragraph (2) of this article are restricted in relation to any cordless telephone apparatus, which is not exempt cordless telephone apparatus, and which is not designed or adapted for use on frequencies exceeding 853 MHz.

(2) The actions restricted by this article are:—

(a)manufacture (whether or not for sale);

(b)selling or offering for sale, letting on hire or offering to let on hire, or indicating (whether by display of the apparatus or by any form of advertisement) one’s willingness to sell or let on hire;

(c)having in one’s custody or control; and



4.—(1) Exempt cordless telephone apparatus being relevant apparatus within the meaning given by section 85(5) of the Telecommunications Act 1984(3) shall be marked in accordance with the marking requirements specified in the Schedule to this Order.

(2) No person shall in the course of any trade or business supply or offer to supply any exempt cordless telephone apparatus which does not comply with the marking requirements referred to in paragraph (1) of this article.

John Butcher

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Department of Trade and Industry

28th April 1987

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