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TV Licenses (2014)

Request

  1. The amount spent by the Houses of Commons purchasing television licenses for the entire Parliamentary estate in (a) 2008/09 (b) 2009/10 (c) 2010/11 (d) 2011/12 (e) 2012/13.
  2. The number of television licenses purchased by the Houses of Commons in (a) 2008/09 (b) 2009/10 (c) 2010/11 (d) 2011/12 (e) 2012/13.
  3. The number of times the Houses of Commons authorities have received a notice that an area of the Parliamentary estate was operating without a television license, and where these areas were located in (a) 2008/09 (b) 2009/10 (c) 2010/11 (d) 2011/12 (e) 2012/13.

Response

  1. The amount spent by the Houses of Commons purchasing television licences for the entire Parliamentary estate in (a) 2008/09 (b) 2009/10 (c) 2010/11 (d) 2011/12 (e) 2012/13.
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  2. The number of television licences purchased by the Houses of Commons in (a) 2008/09 (b) 2009/10 (c) 2010/11 (d) 2011/12 (e) 2012/13.
    The number of television licences purchased for the Parliamentary Estate by the House of Commons, and their cost, for the financial years requested, are as follows:
    (a) 2008/09 – 10 colour licences (2 on behalf of the House of Lords) costing £139.50 each = £1,395.00
    (b) 2009/10 – 9 colour licences (2 on behalf of the House of Lords) costing 142.50 each = £1,282.50
    (c) 2010/11 – 9 colour licences (2 on behalf of the House of Lords) costing £145.50 each = £1,309.50
    (d) 2011/12 – 7 colour licences  costing £145.50 each - £1,018.50
    (e) With effect from 2012/13, TV Licensing recognised that the Parliamentary Estate is exempt from requiring television licences.  The House of Commons did not therefore purchase any TV licences for this period.  Details of any TV licences which may have been purchased for residences on the Estate by their occupants specifically for personal use are not held by the House of Commons.
    Please note that the House of Lords are a separate public authority for the purposes of Freedom of Information.  The Parliamentary Estates Directorate is a shared service funded on a 60/40 basis by both Houses of Parliament and therefore purchased the House of Lords TV licences. The cost of the licences was met in full by the House for which they were bought.
  3. The number of times the Houses of Commons authorities have received a notice that an area of the Parliamentary estate was operating without a television license, and where these areas were located in (a) 2008/09 (b) 2009/10 (c) 2010/11 (d) 2011/12 (e) 2012/13.
    This information is not held by the House of Commons.  You may wish to consider submitting your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the BBC who handle requests for information about TV Licensing.