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Television Licence

Volume 401: debated on Thursday 20 March 2003

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To a sk the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households received free TV licences in (a) 2000–01 and (b) 2001–02, broken down by type of licence; how many households are expected to receive free TV licences in (i) 2002–03, (ii) 2003–04, (iii) 2004–05 and (iv) 2005–06; and what the cost has been. [103805]

The number of free licences issued, by type of licence and in total, in 2000–01 and 2001–02, the forecast total for each of the years 2002–03 to 2005–06 (for which a breakdown by type of licence is not available), and the actual or forecast costs for each year, are as follows.

Number of free licences issued by type of licence (thousands)
ColourBlack and whiteAccommodation for residential careTotal free licences issued (thousands)Cost £ million)
1 Forecast


Expenditure is in nominal terms and for the United Kingdom. Numbers and forecasts of licences issued are rounded to the nearest thousand.

Actual and forecast costs are rounded to the nearest million pounds.


For 2000–01 and 2001–02: Ernst and Young Audit Reports.

For 2002–03 and subsequent years: pre-Budget report, November 2002

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of a free TV licence in each of the last three years in Chorley constituency. [104071]

TV Licensing, which administers free television licences for the over-75s as agent for the BBC, is not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, estimates based on the 1991 Census indicate that there were approximately 5,700 people aged 75 or over living in the Chorley constituency.