HC Deb 10 June 1976 vol 912 cc705-7W
Mr. Hooson

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list in the Official Report details of any deductions made by the Home Office from BBC licence fees collected on the BBC's behalf by the Post Office or of any such deductions made by the Post Office;

and for 1965 of crimes known to the police in London boroughs.

Dr. Summerskill

The available information, which concerns indictable offences known to the police, is set out in the following table. I regret that the information requested for 1965 is not available.

(2) if he will give details in the Official Report of the expenditure by the Home Office of any part of the fees paid by BBC licence holders and retained and spent by his Department or under instructions from his Department.

Mr. John

The Post Office pays the Home Office the gross television licence fees it collects. These are paid to the BBC after the deduction of management costs which for 1975–76 are estimated as:

£ million
Licence issue 4.4
Enforcement 13.5
Interference investigation 2.1
Miscellaneous 0.8

After adjustments of about £0.5 million relating to previous financial years, it is estimated that the total deductions for 1975–76 will be about £21¼ million.