Television: Licensing

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Graeme Morrice Graeme Morrice Labour, Livingston

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people aged 75 or over in Livingston constituency are in receipt of a free television licence.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Culture, Communications and Creative Industries) (jointly with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport)

The Department does not hold this information. Free television licences for people aged 75 or over are issued by TV Licensing as agents for the BBC. This is, therefore, a matter for the BBC.

I understand, however, that the BBC does not collate information on licence holders aged 75 or over by constituency, county or nation as this is not necessary for the purposes of licence fee collection.

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