§ Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications how many television licence fees in Belfast have been unpaid for a period of three months and six months, respectively; and if he will express both these figures as a percentage of the total number of licences in the city, giving comparative figures for the years 1968, 1969 and 1970.
§ Mr. Chataway
This information is not available in the form requested. 8,226 former licence holders—4.4 per cent. of the total number of licence holders in the Belfast Head Post Office district—whose licences expired in the three months March to May, 1971, have not yet taken out licences again. Some of these people will no longer need licences because they have given up using television sets. In the six months December, 1970, to May, 1971, the figure is 10,432 (5.6 per cent.). These figures will no doubt be reduced when the back-log of licence enforcement work caused by the postal strike is cleared. Figures for 1968, 1969 and 1970 are not available.