HC Deb 21 November 1968 vol 773 c305W
11. Sir G. Nabarro

asked the Postmaster-General, in view of the loss of £10 million due to licence-evasion for television and radio, during the last 12 month-period measured, what further steps he is now taking to reduce losses due to this cause.

Mr. Joseph Slater

Our latest estimate of the number of television licence evaders is 1¼ million; and of the annual loss of revenue £6¼ million. In accordance with the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1967, dealers are now notifying the Post Office of all disposals of television sets and this should enable us to continue to apply counter-evasion measures to better effect.

42 and 43. Earl of Dalkeith

asked the Postmaster-General (1) what is the annual cost of issuing television and radio receiving licences;

(2) what inquiries he has made into the cost saving potential of schemes for the payment of television and radio receiving licences by banker's order and for the introduction of a three- or five-year licence; and what estimate he has made of the possible cost saving involved.

Mr. Joseph Slater

In 1966–67, the cost of issuing licences, including the cost of keeping records and sending reminders, was £2½ million. Payment may already be made by bankers order; but no saving in costs results. There is no evidence of public demand to pay in advance for licences of more than a year's duration; indeed, I think they would be opposed to it.