Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please furnish me with the following information relating to Television Licensing operations in 2019:

Part 1:

The number of search warrants applied for in 2019.

Part 2:

The number of search warrant applications that relied in whole or in part on Detector evidence in 2019.

Part 3:

The number of search warrants granted by the Courts (or Sheriffs) in 2019.

Part 4:

The number of search warrants successfully executed in 2019.

- If at all possible, please provide separate data for each area where there are meaningful differences in the legal systems (e.g. England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Island).

- Notably, I would politely suggest that any refusal under Section 31 would be inappropriate: the rational being that material to this effect has already been released by the BBC (RFI20160005, RFI20161363) and this material has been taken and publicised further (https://tv-licensing.blogspot.com/2016/0...) meaning release of further substantially similar materials would not create any risk to detection or prosecution (etc.) that has not already occurred following the initial release. There is no reason to believe that release of more material that is substantially similar would have any impact whatsoever.

Thank you,

James Davies

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear James Davies,

 

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Your request was received on 16 January 2021.

 

We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest
within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please
contact us at the address below.

 

The reference number for your request is RFI20210097.

 

Kind regards,

 

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

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London W12 7TP

 

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Dear Mr Davies,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI20210097.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights

 

BBC Freedom of Information

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Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

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