HC Deb 25 January 1956 vol 548 c179
10. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Postmaster-General how many persons it is estimated are using radio sets and television sets, respectively, without a licence.

Dr. Hill

It is, I am afraid, impossible to give a firm estimate. It is significant that last year there were 26,000 successful prosecutions for evasion.

Sir F. Medlicott

Will the Postmaster-General continue to watch this situation so as to prevent a minority of people receiving radio at the expense of their more honest neighbours?

Dr. Hill

I agree with my hon. Friend. At the moment I am re-examining the steps taken to discover evasion and looking into the methods of collecting licensing fees. I have no doubt that my predecessors have done likewise. It is an exceedingly difficult problem.