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TREATMENT BY TV LICENSING OF PEOPLE WHO DO NOT OWN TELEVISION SETS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1289: tabled on 18 April 2007

Tabled in the 2006-07 session.

This motion has been signed by 60 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes with concern that despite not owning or using a television set over one million people (two per cent. of the population) nonetheless receive letters from TV Licensing demanding information and a response to prove non-use; is concerned that in the absence of any such response such citizens receive further chasing letters intimidating in tone; recognises that there are many constantly reported cases of non-TV owners being distressed by such threatening letters; is further concerned that these letters are sent without any evidence that a TV is owned; notes that Capita plc, the company that operates the collection of the TV licence fee for the BBC, reported a 22 per cent. jump in profits before tax in 2004 to £148 million and a further jump in 2005 by 19 per cent. to £177 million; and calls upon TV Licensing to introduce a new system for collecting licence fees that is more sensitive to those citizens who legitimately choose not to have a television; and further calls upon TV Licensing to be required to use sophisticated non-intrusive detection technology which they presently refuse to use as they consider it more cost effective to harass innocent non-television owning citizens by unsupportable threatening letters.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 19 April 2007
Worthing West
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2007
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 April 2007
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2007
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2007
Gower
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2007
North Ayrshire and Arran
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 8 May 2007
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2007
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2007
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2007
Keighley
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 October 2007
Kingston and Surbiton
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2007
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2007
Hendon
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 May 2007
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2007
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2007
Sunderland North
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 26 April 2007
Ribble Valley
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 October 2007
Hornsey and Wood Green
Foster, Michael Jabez
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2007
Hastings and Rye
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2007
Walthamstow
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2007
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 April 2007
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 May 2007
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 May 2007
Birmingham, Yardley
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2007
Gateshead East and Washington West
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 14 June 2007
Orpington
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 May 2007
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 June 2007
Cambridge
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2007
Cheadle
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2007
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2007
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2007
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2007
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 April 2007
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2007
Wolverhampton South West
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2007
Glasgow East
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2007
Carlisle
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2007
Calder Valley
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 April 2007
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 May 2007
Belfast South
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2007
Mansfield
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2007
Westbury
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2007
Hyndburn
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 April 2007
Southport
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2007
Dunfermline and West Fife
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2007
Halifax
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2007
Nottingham South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 April 2007
Hazel Grove
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 May 2007
East Dunbartonshire
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2007
Finchley and Golders Green
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 April 2007
Angus
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2007
Conwy
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 May 2007
East Antrim
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 23 April 2007
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.