§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans she has to widen access to the £5 concessionary television licence for retired people and those living in warden-patrolled accommodation. 
§ Mr. Sproat
The Government have no plans to extend general availability of the concessionary television licence scheme for those living in accommodation for residential care. However, we intend to correct the situation where a whole housing scheme applies for the concession but cannot qualify solely because of the ownership circumstances of a small proportion of dwellings within its boundary.
§ Mr. Michael Brown
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage (1) how many prosecutions there have been against people for non-payment of the television licence fee for every year since 1990; and what is the average cost to the Exchequer of these prosecutions; 
(2) what estimate he has made of the gender and average income of those individuals (a) prosecuted and (b) found guilty of non-payment of the television licence fee. 
§ Mr Sproat
According to figures provided by the BBC, the number of people prosecuted for television licence evasion in the United Kingdom for each year since 1990 was:
Year Number of prosecutions (to nearest thousand prosecutions) 1990–91 183 1991–92 209 1992–93 232 1993–94 219 1994–95 210 1995–96 215
Information is not collected on gender or average income of those prosecuted for licence evasion, nor on the average cost to the Exchequer of prosecutions. Information on convictions for offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts is set out in the Home Office's annual publication "Criminal Statistics, England and Wales", supplementary table Vols. 1 and 2, which is held in the Library of the House.
§ Mr. Sproat
In 1995–96, the costs of collecting the television licence fee comprised 5.2 per cent. of the income generated by licence sales.