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House of Commons Hansard
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Television: Licensing
11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Leeds, North West constituency were prosecuted for not having a television licence in each of the last three years. [299641]

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Information showing the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for television licence evasion in the West Yorkshire police force area from 2005 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table. Information is not available at constituency level; therefore police force area level data have been provided in lieu.

Data for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for television licence evasion, in West Yorkshire police force area, 2005 to 20071, 2

Force—West Yorkshire

Number

2005

5,333

2006

5,293

2007

5,928

1 The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Source:

Justice Statistics Analytical Services—Ministry of Justice.