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Television: Licensing

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were fined for television licence evasion in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what the average fine was. (257025)

The requested information is shown in the following table.

Number of persons fined and average fine amount for offences relating to TV licence evasion1, 2007


Number of persons fined


Average fine amount (£)


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.


1. These are the numbers fined against for all offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Act which mainly but not exclusively covers TV licensing offences.

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


OMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice.