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Television Licences

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many times, and at what frequency, it is the policy of TV Licensing to send letters to a property for which no TV licence is recorded where such letters go unanswered; [117378](2) what the average time is that elapses between the identification by TV Licensing of a property for which no TV licence is recorded and a visit to that property by TV Licensing. [117379]

TV Licensing carries out the administration of the television licensing system as agent for the BBC, which has statutory responsibility for administering the licensing requirements. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is not involved in policy decisions relating to the day-to-day management of the system, nor does it hold information of the kind requested. I have therefore asked the BBC's Head of Revenue Management to consider the questions raised by the hon. Member and to write to him direct, placing a copy of their letter in the Library of the House.