TV Licensing: Prosecutions

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 15 April 2024.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Independent, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many single justice procedure notices have been issued by the Television Licensing Authority in each year since 2015.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The requirement to hold, and pay for, a television license is set out in the Communications Act 2003 and the Communications (Television Licensing) Regulations 2004. Under the Communications Act 2003, the BBC is responsible for the collection and enforcement of the TV licensing system.

The BBC prosecutes most TV license evasion cases using the Single Justice Procedure (SJP). The SJP is a more proportionate way of dealing with straightforward, uncontested, summary-only non-imprisonable offences which almost exclusively result in a financial penalty.

The data we hold shows the number of defendants prosecuted by the Television Licensing Authority and dealt with via SJP for TV license evasion cases each year since 2015. This can be found in the table below:

Television Licence Evasion

Year

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

Defendants dealt with

0

67,473

136,793

126,571

121,020

53,227

48,495

43,504

33,460

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