Television Licence Fee Trust Statement for the Year Ending March 31 2016 (2)

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Dear National Audit Office,

This is a freedom of information request lodged under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In the Auditor and Comptroller General's Report to the House of Commons regarding the Television Licence Fee Trust Statement for the Year Ending March 31 2016, he wrote the following:

"1.39 TVL drops some cases before court, either because the households subsequently purchased a licence or because their legal advisors judged that they did not have sufficient evidence for a successful prosecution. The NAO examined a sample of 20 anonymised cases and found that in each case the householder was interviewed under caution and had admitted that they were watching live television. When the householder admits that they watch live television, the signed visiting form is provided as written evidence of evasion to the BBC. All but one case which we examined passed TVL’s initial evidential test, but nine were later withdrawn due to lack of evidence."

Please fully disclose and publish all the information and correspondence with the BBC Licence Fee Unit the NAO holds regarding the following sampling exercise:

"TVL drops some cases before court, either because the households subsequently purchased a licence or because their legal advisors judged that they did not have sufficient evidence for a successful prosecution."

and

"The NAO examined a sample of 20 anonymised cases and found that in each case the householder was interviewed under caution and had admitted that they were watching live television."

and

" All but one case which we examined passed TVL’s initial evidential test, but nine were later withdrawn due to lack of evidence."

Yours faithfully,

Mr I Hillas

FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

REFERENCE: FOI-1027

 

Dear Mr Hillas,

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to our report: ‘BBC
Television Licence Fee Trust Statement for the year ending 31 March 2016 –
audit report of the C&AG,’ published 14 July 2016.  You quote several
sections of the report, and request information, as follows:

 

 

"1.39 TVL drops some cases before court, either because the households
subsequently purchased a  licence or because their legal advisors judged
that they did not have sufficient evidence for a  successful prosecution. 
The NAO examined a sample of 20 anonymised cases and found that  in each
case the householder was interviewed under caution and had admitted that
they were  watching live television.  When the householder admits that
they watch live television, the  signed visiting form is provided as
written evidence of evasion to the BBC. All but one case  which we
examined passed TVL’s initial evidential test, but nine were later
withdrawn due to  lack of evidence."

 

Please fully disclose and publish all the information and correspondence
with the BBC Licence Fee Unit the NAO holds regarding the following
sampling exercise:

 

"TVL drops some cases before court, either because the households
subsequently purchased a  licence or because their legal advisors judged
that they did not have sufficient evidence for a  successful prosecution."

 

and

 

"The NAO examined a sample of 20 anonymised cases and found that  in each
case the householder was interviewed under caution and had admitted that
they were  watching live television."

 

and

 

" All but one case  which we examined passed TVL’s initial evidential
test, but nine were later withdrawn due to  lack of evidence."

 

 

Your request was received 29 December 2016 and I am dealing with it under
the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  Please contact the FOI
team if you have any questions about this email.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Joseph da Silva | FOI Team
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
SW1W 9SP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7000 | Web: [1]http://www.nao.org.uk/
Helping the nation spend wisely

 

 

 

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FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

Dear Mr Hillas,

 

I am writing to update you on the progress of your Freedom of Information
request for background information to the NAO’s report: BBC Television
Licence Fee Trust Statement for the year ending 31 March 2016.

 

I can confirm that we hold information in scope of your request.  It has
been necessary to consult third parties about the release of this
information – as you may know, the Freedom of Information Act requires us
to consult third parties whose interests might be affected by the release
of information.  Our consultations have not yet concluded and so, we will
not be in a position to respond to you within the 20 working day deadline.

 

We have not yet reached a decision about the information we hold, and
cannot do so until the consultations with third parties have concluded. 
At this stage, we are considering whether information is exempt from
disclosure under sections 31 (Law enforcement) and 33 (Public audit
functions) (these are qualified exemptions, which require us to carry out
the Public Interest Test in respect of each). 

I am sorry for this delay, but we aim to respond to your request as soon
as we can.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Nora Miller, FOI Team,
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
SW1W 9SP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7264

Web: [1]http://www.nao.org.uk/
Helping the nation spend wisely 

 

 

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Mr Hillas left an annotation ()

No doubt the other interested party being consulted will be the BBC. Please apply NAO freedom of information policies and not those of the BBC.

FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

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Dear Mr Hillas,

 

Please find, attached, our response to your Freedom of Information
request, along with the information along with 8 documents.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Nora Miller, FOI Team,
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
SW1W 9SP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7264

Web: [1]http://www.nao.org.uk/
Helping the nation spend wisely 

 

 

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Dear FOI, REQUESTS,

While reading the attachments I noted that the links to the Government websites concerned which you supplied within the following attachment:
03.RE Number of prosecutions email RED.pdf
seem to be obsolete and no longer function.

Please supply up to date Government website links to assist me and others who see the request more fully understand the freedom of information response you have kindly raised.

Yours sincerely,

Mr I Hillas

FOI, REQUESTS, National Audit Office

Dear Mr Hillas,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

The web addresses that we sent to you in our response remain unchanged -
however, these are disabled in the pdf document. 

 

Please try the following links which will take you to the relevant
information - I have tried these and they both work.  If you experience
difficulties – if, for example, the What Do They Know website disables the
links - please try copying and pasting each link into your internet
browser.

[1]https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics...
 

 

[2]https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

 

For any further technical assistance, please contact the Ministry of
Justice who owns and publishes this information.

 

I hope this is of assistance.

 

Best regards,

 

Joseph da Silva | FOI Team
National Audit Office, 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road,  Victoria, London,
SW1W 9SP
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7798 7000 | Web: [3]http://www.nao.org.uk/
Helping the nation spend wisely

 

 

 

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Dear FOI, REQUESTS,

Thank you very much for your additional information and assistance. The links you have supplied function.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Hillas

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