Television: Licensing

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 25th January 2010.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many convictions there have been of residents of Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency for non-payment of a television licence in the last three years.

Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The number of defendants found guilty of television licence evasion across the West Midlands police force area from 2005 to 2007 has been provided by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and is given in the table:

2005( 1) 2006( 1) 2007( 2)
West Midlands 10,513 10,024 10,950
(1)As well as television licence evasion, these data include proceedings for summary offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 to 1967. (2)These figures relate to the offence of television licence evasion under the Communications Act 2003. Note: 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: Ministry of Justice.

Data regarding court proceedings are not available at parliamentary constituency level. Therefore data have been given in the table for the West Midlands police force area.

The MoJ advise that data regarding court proceedings for 2008 are planned for publication on 28 January 2010.

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