HC Deb 17 July 1939 vol 350 c21
36. Major Neven-Spence

asked the Postmaster-General what increase has taken place in the number of wireless receiving licences during the last 12 months; how many prosecutions for evasion of the licence fee have been undertaken during the same period; and with what result?

Major Tryon

The number of wireless receiving licences reached 9,000,000 last month. The number held on 30th June, 1939, was about 9,009,700, representing an increase of about 371,600 over the corresponding figure on 30th June, 1938. During this period of 12 months 5,805 persons were prosecuted for using wireless receiving apparatus without a licence, and all but 12 of these prosecutions were successful.

Mr. R. Gibson

I take it that those figures are for the United Kingdom? Can the Postmaster-General give the separate figures for Scotland?

Major Tryon

These are the figures for the United Kingdom in connection with the B.B.C.

Mr. Sorensen

I take it that the figure would be much bigger for Scotland?