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Television: Licensing

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of Simon Reevell Simon Reevell Conservative, Dewsbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) how many times TV Licensing has written to an individual threatening (a) court action and (b) a fine for not buying a television licence where it has subsequently been revealed that the person in question (i) had already paid for a licence and (ii) did not have a television at the time in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement;

(2) how many formal complaints the BBC has received about TV Licensing writing to people threatening (a) court action and (b) a fine where it has subsequently been revealed that the person in question (i) had already paid for a licence and (ii) did not have a television at the time in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The BBC is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the television licensing system. It is independent of Government. I have therefore asked the BBC television licensing team to consider the question raised by the hon. Member for Dewsbury and to write to him direct.

A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of both Houses

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