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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire 10:31 am, 6th February 2020

I welcome this long-overdue consultation on the decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence—something that I tried to include in the Deregulation Bill back in 2014, and that at the time had the support of the majority of Members. My hon. Friend will be aware that the non-payment of the TV licence fee is currently managed by the magistrates court. Is he also aware that the Magistrates Association has been calling for the decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence fee for more than 25 years?