Legal framework of Licence Fee enforcement activity

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I am interested in examining the legal framework of the BBC's Licence Fee enforcement processes.

Consequently, please can you tell me...

1. Whether the BBC relies on legislation or common law in its letter writing to unlicensed households?

2. Whether the BBC relies on legislation or common law in its "home visits" to unlicensed households?

3. In the case of (1) above, a description of the activities permitted by legislation or common law that the BBC relies upon.

4. In the case of (2) above, a description of the activities permitted by legislation or common law that the BBC relies upon.

5. Notwithstanding the above, please can you confirm what obligation(s), if any, unlicensed households have to co-operate with your enforcement process.

6. The BBC has made the following statement in various responses regarding licence fee enforcement: "This responsibility was expressly confirmed by the Home Office in 1991..."

Please can you publish the content of that confirmation by The Home Office, together with its context and the name and authority of the Home Office official who agreed it.

Yours faithfully,

Mark on behalf of LicenceFree.co.uk

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Peter Jones left an annotation ()

Mark,

Looking at your tagline, I think you know most of the answers here already.
For the benefit of those that don't, the key point is: Anyone who doesn't require a TV licence is under no obligation whatsoever to communicate with TV Licensing. In fact, as they will invariably ignore anything you tell them about not needing a TV licence, it's best not to expand any energy dealing with them.
TV Licensing is the lowest of the low.

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