HC Deb 06 March 2000 vol 345 c516W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of money the Exchequer loses annually through non-payment of(a) television licences, (b) car tax, (c) vehicle insurance and (d) MOT certificates. [111431]

Mr. Timms

It is estimated that around £183 million is lost annually to the Exchequer through non-payment of vehicle excise duty. The loss of revenue through non-payment of MOT test certificates is estimated to be around £870,000.

To help tackle this evasion, DVLA continues to be proactive in improving enforcement regimes and last year recovered £80 million through penalties and fines.

The non-payment of vehicle insurance represents costs to insurance companies. Figures are not available on the costs to the Exchequer, though these costs are likely to be negligible.

The burden of any losses resulting from non payment of TV licence fees fall with the BBC.