HC Deb 22 January 1985 vol 71 cc365-6W
Mr. Gould

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the television licence fee is paid over to the British Broadcasting Corporation; and how the balance is accounted for.

Mr. Giles Shaw

The BBC's home services grant is determined by deducting the expenses of administering the licensing system and investigating complaints of interference to broadcasting from the gross television licence fee revenue. In 1983–84 the total licence fee revenue collected was some £763 million and the grant paid to the BBC £704 million. The major expenses which fell to be deducted from the gross licence revenue in the same year were:

£ million
Payments to the Post Office for collecting licence fees and enforcing the licensing system 51
Costs incurred in investigating complaints of interference to broadcasting 5.5
Home Office expenses (including cost of anti-evasion publicity campaign) 2.5