Television Licences: Non-payment

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 27th September 2022.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were sent to prison for non-payment of the TV licence in each of the last ten years.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

A person cannot receive a custodial sentence for non-payment of the TV licence fee as the maximum penalty is a fine.

The number of people admitted to prison for failing to pay fines in respect of the non-payment of a TV licence in England and Wales in each of the last ten years can be viewed at the following link: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2022-07-15/37589.

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