HC Deb 22 May 1978 vol 950 c369W
Mr. Newton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the annual revenue from broadcasting licences for burglar alarms; and what are the annual cost incurred in collecting it.

Mr. Merlyn Rees

The annual revenue from licences to use radio burglar alarms for the last five years is as follows:

1973 1,428
1974 820
1975 1,228
1976 1,160
1977 1,432

These licences are issued for a five-year period. The guiding principle in charging fees for transmitting licences such as these is to recover the total administrative and regulatory costs inherent in the licensing requirement laid down by the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949. It is difficult to isolate the cost of collecting the revenue from licences for burglar alarms from that of the many other licences issued under the Act; but on a very rough calculation the current total annual cost incurred in processing these licences and collecting the fees is in the order of £1,500, which is in line with the guiding principle.