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Licensing: Television

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been fined for television licence fee evasion in each of the last five years; and how much was collected in fines in each such year. (235705)

The available information is shown in the following table.

Number of offenders fined and sum of all fines for offences relating to television licence evasion1, 2002 to 2006

Number of offenders fined

Sum of fines imposed (£)

2002

94,569

10,448,919

2003

78,813

9,043,774

2004

96,155

11,104,361

2005

117,907

14,362,466

2006

113,874

14,748,188

1 The TV licensing provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 were replaced by new provisions in the Communications Act 2003 which came into effect on 1 April 2004.

Notes:

1. These data are on the principle offence basis.

2. 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.

3. Following quality checks, data for certain police force areas within corresponding regions are not considered reliable enough for publication.

Source:

OMS Analytical Services.

The overall payment rate for all financial penalties by financial year is shown in the following table. These data are not collected by offence.

Payment rate (Percentage)

2004-05

80

2005-06

83

2006-07

92

2007-08

95

Data prior to April 2003 are not available in a comparable format.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in late November.