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Televisions: Licensing

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many free television licences were issued in (a) Warley constituency and (b) Sandwell Metropolitan borough council in each of the last five years. (160122)

I have been asked to reply.

TV Licensing, who administer free television licences for people aged 75 or over as agents for the BBC, are not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, the number of households with at least one person aged 75 or over claiming the winter fuel payment as at winter 2006-07 in the Warley constituency was 4,910 and 17,840 in Sandwell, according to Department for Work and Pensions records.