HC Deb 07 May 1952 vol 500 c42W
97. Mr. C. I. Orr-Ewing

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General the number of television licences taken out in each of the last six months; and if he can give an estimate of how far the increase during some months was attributable to the activities of the Post Office detection van and the publicity given to its movements by the British Broadcasting Corporation's television newsreel.

Mr. Gammans

In the six months ended 31st March, 1952, the number of television licences increased by approximately 500,000. This increase has no doubt been influenced by the opening of the B.B.C. stations at Holme Moss and Kirk O'Shotts, by Post Office publicity and the use of a detector van, and by publicity in the B.B.C. Television Service and the "Radio Times," but I cannot estimate how far it may be due to any particular cause. The monthly figures are as follow:

Number of television receiving licences current at the end of the month Increase during the month
October … 1,031,100 72,800
November 1,113,000 81,900
December 1,181,100 68,100
January 1,283,000 101,900
February 1,385,600 102,600
March 1,457,000 71,400
Total increase in 6 months 498,700