6 February 2020
Andrew Bridgen welcomes consultation on decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence

Andrew Bridgen welcomes the Government consultation on the decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence, something he has long campaigned for.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

I welcome this long-overdue consultation on the decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence—something that I tried to include in the Deregulation Bill back in 2014, and that at the time had the support of the majority of Members. My hon. Friend will be aware that the non-payment of the TV licence fee is currently managed by the magistrates court. Is he also aware that the Magistrates Association has been calling for the decriminalisation of non-payment of the TV licence fee for more than 25 years?

Nigel Adams

I am not surprised that the Magistrates Association has been calling for that. As I said in my answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green) earlier, more than 120,000 people were prosecuted last year under the current regime, which is why we are having the review and consultation.

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