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Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the revenue from the BBC licence was in each of the last 10 years; and how much of the increase in revenue is accounted for by an increase in the number of licence payers. (111205)

According to the BBC’s annual reports, the BBC’s licence fee revenue and number of licences in force in each of the last 10 years are given in the following table. The number of licences in force includes free licences issued to households in which one or more persons are over the age of 75. The BBC is reimbursed for these free licences by the Government.

Figures on the proportion of yearly revenue attributable to an increase in the number of licences are not collected. However, PKF, in their “Review of the BBC Value for Money and Efficiency Programmes” published in April 2006, estimate that over the period of the last licence fee settlement (2000-01 to 2006-07) a total of £632 million of licence fee income was attributable to household growth (HHG).

Licence fee income (£ million)

Licences in force (million)

2006

3,100.6

25

2005

2,940.3

24.7

2004

2,798.1

24.5

2003

2,658.5

24.1

2002

2,533.0

23.8

2001

2,370.8

23.4

2000

2,285.5

23.3

1999

2,179.5

22.8

1998

2,009.7

22.3

1997

1,915.2

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