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Radio and TV Licences

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) the cost and (b) the number of holders of (i) the wireless licence and (ii) the TV licence in each year of their operation. [48372]

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Dr. Howells: The radio licence was introduced in 1922 and the television licence in 1946. Information on the number of licences in force prior to 1947 is not readily available. The information requested is as follows.

YearRadio licence feeRadio licences in force as at 31 March (millions)Mono television licence feeColour television licence feeTelevision licences in force as at 31 March (millions)
192210s
194610s£2.00
1947£1.0010.8£2.000.015
1948£1.0011.1£2.000.046
1949£1.0011.6£2.000.127
1950£1.0011.8£2.000.344
1951£1.0011.5£2.000.764
1952£1.0011.2£2.001.4
1953£1.0010.7£2.002.1
1954£1.0010.1£2.003.2
1955£1.009.4£2.004.5
1956£1.008.5£4.005.7
1957£1.007.5£4.007.0
1958£1.006.5£4.008.1
1959£1.005.4£4.009.3
1960£1.004.5£4.0010.5
1961£1.003.9£4.0011.3
1962£1.003.5£4.0011.8
1963£1.003.2£4.0012.4
1964£1.003.0£4.0012.9
1965£1 5s2.8£5.0013.3
1966£1 5s2.6£5.0013.6
1967£1 5s2.5£5.0014.3
1968£1 5s2.5£5.00£10.0015.1
1969£1 5s2.4£6.00£11.0015.5
1970£1 5s2.3£6.00£11.0015.9
1971£7.00£12.0015.9
1972£7.00£12.0016.7
1973£7.00£12.0017.1
1974£7.00£12.0017.3
1975£8.00£18.0017.7
1976£8.00£18.0017.8
1977£9.00£21.0018.1
1978£10.00£25.0018.1
1979£12.00£34.0018.4
1980£12.00£34.0018.3
1981£15.00£46.0018.7
1982£15.00£46.0018.6
1983£15.00£46.0018.5
1984£15.00£46.0018.6
1985£18.00£58.0018.7
1986£18.00£58.0018.7
1987£18.00£58.0019.0
1988£21.00£62.5019.4
1989£22.00£66.0019.4
1990£24.00£71.0019.6
1991£25.50£77.0019.5
1992£26.50£80.0019.6
1993£27.50£83.0020.1
1994£28.00£84.5020.4
1995£28.50£86.5021.1
1996£30.00£89.5021.1
1997£30.50£91.5021.3
1998£32.50£97.5021.7
1999£33.50£101.0022.2
2000£34.50£104.0022.6
2001£36.50£109.0022.8
2002£37.50£112.00


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BBC

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the criteria by which she assessed applications for BBC new services. [48368]

Dr. Howells: The criteria for assessing BBC public service proposals were published by my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington South and Finsbury (Chris Smith) and laid in the Libraries of both Houses in January 2001.

Documents

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list all the documents published by her Department since 8 June 2001, for each one stating (a) the date of publication, (b) the purpose of publication, (c) the cost of publication, (d) the number

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of copies produced, (e) the cover price, (f) the number of copies sold, (g) the number of copies sent after request from members of the public or interested parties and (h) the number of copies disposed of by other, specified, means. [48380]

Dr. Howells: The table sets out the documents published by my Department since 8 June 2001 with the cover price, copies produced and cost to the Department. Documents with a cover price are printed and distributed by The Stationery Office (TSO) and the number of copies produced and sold is for them.

The purpose of these publications is to provide the Department's stakeholders with information on policy developments and, where appropriate, to provide public information more generally.

Information on the number of copies of free documents sent after request from members of the public or interested parties is not held centrally.

DocumentPublication DateCover Price (£) CirculationCost to DCMS (£000)
Summer Supplementary EstimatesJune 20013.70TSO0.2
Report of the Gambling Review BodyJuly 200138.90TSO12.2
London Open House LeafletSeptember 2001Free3,0001
Cricket Disorder ReportSeptember 2001Free7003.8
Operation of the National LotteryOctober 20014.00TSO2
Staging International Sports EventsOctober 20015.00TSO2
Tourism—The Hidden Giant—and Foot and MouthOctober 20014.50TSO2.5
Banking on a Hit ReportOctober 2001Free4,00015
Media Ownership Rules Consultation PaperNovember 2001Free2,0007
Winter Supplementary EstimatesNovember 20014.50TSO2.5
Lottery Achievements—The First Seven YearsDecember 2001Free9,75028
A Force for Our Future—Historic Environment StatementDecember 2001Free10,00029
Digital TV—Information for LandlordsDecember 2001Free6,0005.5
Viewers Panel ReportDecember 2001Free1,0005.5
English National Stadium ReviewDecember 20017.50TSO3
CIEPAG—Information LeafletJanuary 2002Free1,0001.1
Spring Supplementary EstimatesFebruary 20025.00TSO1.9
Export of Works of Art 2000–01 ReportFebruary 200221.00TSO12.3
Unpicking the LockFebruary 20024.00TSO1.7
Biennial Conservation ReportMarch 2002Free2,000(87)15
Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites 1999–2000 ReportMarch 2002Free1,0006
A Safe Bet for Success—Modernising Britain's Gambling LawsMarch 200213.50TSO12
Testing the Waters—The Sport of SwimmingMarch 20024.50TSO1.7
Lottery Funded—National Lottery LeafletApril 2002Free600,00011

(87) Paid by English Heritage


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HOME DEPARTMENT

Crime (Romford)

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of violent crime in Romford. [21015]

Mr. Denham: The information available relates to the borough of Havering as a whole, where there were 3,337 offences of violence recorded by the police in 2000–01. This total included 158 sexual offences and 392 robberies.

Vandalism

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projects his Department is supporting to combat vandalism in suburban areas. [26941]

Mr. Denham: We are employing a range of measures to combat vandalism. The work of the crime and disorder partnerships, set up under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, in formulating local strategies for the reduction of crime and disorder in their area is crucial in securing local commitment to effective action against vandalism.

Closed circuit television (CCTV) is an effective way to detect and reduce vandalism. Under the crime reduction programme CCTV initiative a potential £170 million has been allocated to 683 CCTV schemes in England and Wales. We introduced neighbourhood wardens and street wardens in suburban areas where they have reduced vandalism. Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts have also been successfully employed to combat vandalism.

The Youth Justice Board has a number of schemes, which focus on the problems of criminal damage such as the Artscape-graffiti Outreach Project, the Youth Inclusion Programme and from next year the Community Payback Scheme. Funding of £13.5 million has been allocated to March 2003 for the Youth Inclusion Programme.

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further guidance he intends to issue to (a) local authorities and (b) police forces to (i) deal with and (ii) reduce the numbers of instances of disorder and vandalism. [26928]

Mr. Denham: Important guidance for local crime and disorder reduction partnerships on how to deal with anti-social behaviour was issued in January last year in the form of a comprehensive toolkit posted on the Home Office Crime Reduction website which will be kept updated. The Government are also currently providing assistance to all partnerships on the drawing up of their local crime strategies, due by April 2002. Partnerships are required to address the anti-social behaviour problems in their area and have been asked to identify a named person in each local authority district to co-ordinate action on anti-social behaviour.

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We also want to see partnerships make use of the full range of measures available to them, such as Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, to deal with these problems. Our extensive review of ASBOs will be published shortly and we are currently proposing further legislative changes in order to streamline the process of applying for ASBOs and extend the circumstances in which they may be granted, to help ensure that local crime and disorder reduction partnerships make maximum use of this measure.


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