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Television: Licensing

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue fines from unpaid television licences generated in 2004-05 and 2005-06. (134585)

Court proceedings data are collected and published by calendar year.

A total of £11.1 million was ordered by the courts to be paid by way of fines given for offences of television licence evasion in 2004 in England and Wales where a fine was the principal disposal and this offence the principal offence for which the persons concerned were dealt with. A total of £14.4 million was similarly ordered to be paid in 2005.

Figures for 2006 will be available in the autumn of this year.

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.

The collection of fine amounts centrally is not sufficiently detailed to show how many of these total sums were actually paid.