Number of TV licence free prosecutions broken down by gender and age

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I would like information about the number of people in the UK who have been prosecuted for not owning TV licences from 2017 to the most recent date possible, broken down by age and gender.

In terms of age, please can age-ranges be as specific as possible.

Yours faithfully,
Henrietta Taylor

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay answered this question from Lord Smith of Hindhead:

UIN HL6700, tabled on 21 March 2023

'To ask His Majesty's Government how many people received a fine for not paying their television licence each year from 2010 to 2022; and how many of those in each year were women.'


J Roberts left an annotation ()

Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay answered a question from Lord Botham:

UIN HL2067, tabled on 31 January 2024

...A breakdown of people proceeded against for TV licence evasion in England and Wales broken down by the age groups provided in the Ministry of Justice’s figures is below...