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TV Licensing

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether TV Licensing shares information with any Government Departments or agencies. (91793)

TV Licensing holds television licensing data as an agent for the BBC. The corporation has indicated TV Licensing does not share such information with any Government Department or agency. However there is discretion to release information in response to specific requests. Such information is released only if TV Licensing are satisfied that all relevant legal pre-conditions are met, including the requirements of the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998 and general administrative law principles.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there is a legal requirement for a person to inform TV Licensing that they are changing address. (91794)

There is no legal requirement for a person to inform TV Licensing of a change of address. However, a television licence covers the address specified in the licence. It is in the interests of the licence holder to inform TV Licensing of any change of address ensuring the television remains correctly licensed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what process TV Licensing uses to trace people who have moved and not informed TV Licensing. (91795)

The BBC has statutory responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and TV Licensing carries out the day-to-day administration under contract to the corporation. I have referred the question to the BBC’s head of revenue management and asked him to reply directly. Copies of the reply will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.