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Television: Licensing

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when it became a requirement to have a television licence to receive television signals on mobile telephones in the home; how many prosecutions there have been of people who have received signals on mobile telephones without a licence; and if he will make a statement. (286187)

The legislation on TV licensing refers to television receivers and does not refer specifically to mobile phones.

Government do not hold figures on what particular type of television receiver was being used in any particular breach of the television licensing regulations.

The interpretation of the TV licensing legislation, including an assessment of whether a mobile phone meets the definition of a television receiver under the legislation, is a matter for the BBC.