§ Mr. John Patten
The following information has been supplied by the national television licence records office. Provision of details for earlier years would involve disproportionate cost.
Offenders found guilty of television licence fee evasion United Kingdom Financial year Number of convictions 1984–85 110,042 1985–86 123,122 1986–87 174,509 1987–88 158,182 1988–89 172,604
The increase in recent years results from improvements in the detection rate.
People who find the licence fee hard to pay in one lump sum can now take advantage of the new budget payments scheme. This enables colour licence payers to obtain a licence on payment of the first of four quarterly direct debit instalments.