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Television Licence (Investigators)

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what instructions are given to television licence avoidance investigators when they find that occupants of dwellings do not keep a television set, in order to avoid subsequent harassment.

Inquiries are made from time to time at addresses at which there is no television licence recorded. If an inquiry shows that there is no set at that address, no further inquiry is normally made there for at least 12 months. It is not usual to accept for a longer period that an address is without television, because the occupants may move or acquire a set. If my hon. Friend has a particular case in mind perhaps he will provide me with details.