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Television: Licensing

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what representations he has received on the continuation of black and white television licences after digital switchover; (169323)

(2) whether the black and white television licence will continue in place (a) before, (b) during and (c) after digital switchover.

Continuation of the black and white TV licence after digital switchover has occasionally been referred to in correspondence. Under the current regulations a black and white licence covers a digital set top box installed and used solely in conjunction with a television set or monitor able to display television programmes in black or white only. We have no plans to change this.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) black and white and (b) colour television licences were issued in each year since 2000. (169324)

The number of (a) black and white and (b) colour television licences in force at March of each year was as follows:

Black and white

Colour

2000

212,625

22,474,018

2001

155,070

22,765,568

2002

117,622

23,121,842

2003

93,834

23,461,130

2004

75,011

23,858,786

2005

58,664

24,204,055

2006

49,295

24,437,516

2007

40,758

24,560,034

Note:

The figure for 2007 is provisional and will be subject to change until March 2008.