§ Mr. Tipping
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what is his latest estimate of the evasion rate for television licences; how much lost revenue this represents; what measures are being taken to help those who have difficulty paying for a television licence; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The estimated rate of television licence evasion as at January 1995 was 6.8 per cent. which represents approximately £152 million in lost revenue. The television licensing regulations provide for quarterly and monthly payment schemes to enable people to spread the cost of their licence fee. There is also a television licence savings stamps scheme.