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Television Licences: Non-payment

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 26808, tabled on 9 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) people and (b) women have been imprisoned by Magistrates’ Courts in England and Wales for the non-payment of TV licence evasion fines in each year since 1995.

Answered on

12 March 2020

The number of people admitted to prison for failing to pay fines in respect of the non-payment of a TV licence in England and Wales in each year since 1995 can be viewed in the attached table.

A person cannot receive a custodial sentence for TV licence evasion but can be committed to prison for wilfully refusing to pay the fine. Imprisonment is only pursued as a matter of last resort.

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