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Television Licensing Authority

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Vinson Lord Vinson Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what right the Television Licensing Authority has to demand that those people without a television should telephone to tell them so.

Photo of Lord Carter of Barnes Lord Carter of Barnes Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting), Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting), Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting) (also in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Communications, Technology and Broadcasting) (also the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

Under the terms of the BBC's charter and agreement, it is the responsibility of the BBC Trust to ensure that arrangements for the collection of the licence fee are efficient, appropriate and proportionate. The BBC has informed me that it does not have any legal right to demand that people without a television receiver contact them.

The BBC has informed me that TV Licensing nonetheless asks such people to do so in order that they will not receive regular mailings intended for unlicensed viewers. Furthermore, this helps to ensure greater accuracy with the TV licensing database.

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