§ Mr. Kilfedder
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many television licences have been issued during the past year; and how many persons have been prosecuted for not having a current television licence during the past 12 months, giving the figures for each county and city.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
I have been asked to reply.
The following information has been provided by the BBC, which is responsible for the administration and enforcement of TV licences. At 31 March 1991, a total of 19,545,830 licences were recorded as being in force in the United Kingdom, including 307,590 in Northern Ireland. In the year ending 31 March 1991, there were 182,721 prosecutions for unlicensed use of television in the United Kingdom, including 2,032 in Northern Ireland. It is not possible to give a breakdown by county or city.