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Television: Licensing

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many television licences have been issued to addresses in (a) Argyll and Bute constituency, (b) the STV Central region and (c) the STV North region. (158718)

[holding answer 16 October 2007]: The BBC has responsibility for the administration of the television licensing system and the maintenance of television licence records. I understand from the BBC, however, that they are not able to provide a breakdown by constituency or TV region of the number of TV licences issued, as there is no operational need for the BBC to hold the information in this way. The information is recorded at individual address level and aggregated to national level for reporting purposes.