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Television Licences

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of tracing people who had moved house and not informed TV Licensing in each of the last five years. (103041)

The BBC, which is responsible for the administration of the television licensing system, has indicated that no special measures are taken to trace licence holders who do not inform TV Licensing of a change of address. Their new address, if unlicensed, would be identified by TV Licensing in the same way as any other unlicensed address.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the maximum fine is which may be imposed for failing to possess a valid television licence; and what the average cost was of bringing a prosecution for failure to possess a valid television licence in the latest period for which figures are available. (103042)

The maximum fine which may be imposed for installation or use of a television receiver without a television licence is £1,000. Information on the average cost of bringing a prosecution for television licence evasion is not held.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many detector vans are in use by TV Licensing. (103129)

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.