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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

I see at section 4.1 in the document


and constantly repeated in BBC communications; the phrase

"The BBC has an obligation under the Communications
Act 2003 to enforce the TV Licensing system."

Would you kindly point to the exact phrase in that Act which says so?

I have checked the Act extremely carefully and whereas I can see the BBC has the right to collect the licence fee from those required to pay it and to obtain a search warrant if it appears that licence fee evasion is taking place, I cannot, using ordinary dictionary definitions of the English language, extrapolate from the words in the Act any such obligation for enforcement. Perhaps the obligation is stated somewhere else? If so please point to the exact phrase that creates the obligation claimed.

Yours faithfully,

Karin Mabberley

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Dear Karin Mabberley


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Yours sincerely


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