Dear National Audit Office,

This is a freedom of information request lodged under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for full and detailed disclosure and publication of the following information relating to payment of Grant in Aid to the BBC:

How exactly does NAO assess, audit and verify the veracity of BBC claims for

a) The number of licensable addresses in the UK

b) The number of TV licences in force

c) The number of TV licence revocations


How does NAO assess overpayments of Grant in Aid made to the BBC

Yours faithfully,

Mr I Hillas

FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

Dear Mr Hillas,


Thank you for your request for information about how the National Audit
Office (NAO) assesses, audits and verifies BBC's TV licensing, as detailed
in your email, below.


Having considered your enquiry, we do not believe it constitutes a Freedom
of Information request.  This is because you are asking us questions about
our processes, rather than recorded information we might hold.  While we
are happy to answer your questions, we do not believe we hold much, if
any, recorded information that will provide answers to your questions.


We are, therefore, dealing with your enquiry as general correspondence as
this will enable us to better answer the points you raise.  Our timescales
for dealing with correspondence are similar to those for FOI requests, so
we will endeavour to provide you with a response by 3 April 2017, or
sooner if at all possible.


In the meantime, if you have any questions about this email, please
contact the FOI team.


Yours sincerely,


Joseph da Silva | FOI Team
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7000 | Web: [1]
Helping the nation spend wisely




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KEANE, Paul, National Audit Office

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Dear Mr Hillas


Please see the attached response to your email enquiries of 5 March 2017.


Kind regards




Paul Keane  Director, DCMS Financial Audit
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7122

Web: [1]
Helping the nation spend wisely 


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