HL Deb 08 July 2003 vol 651 cc36-7WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Who funds, and how, all the activities of the BBC; and who is responsible for enforcing the licence fee. [HL3789]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey)

The principal source of funding for the BBC Home Services is the television licence fee while the principal source of funding for the BBC World Service is grant-in-aid. BBC Worldwide and BBC Ventures are commercially funded. Further details of the BBC's full range of activities and funding are set out in the corporation's annual reports and accounts, copies of which are in the Library of the House.

The BBC has statutory responsibility for the collection of the television licence fee.