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Using TV without a licence

Freedom of information: Using TV without a licence

10 September 2013

Thank you for your e-mail dated 27 August in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002:

"The Ministry of Justice has recently published (via a Parliamentary answer) figures specifying how many individuals, in 2012, were proceeded against at magistrates' courts in England, and found guilty, of an offence under section 363 of the Communications Act 2003 (using a TV without a license).

I would be grateful if you were able to provide figures for the number of persons prosecuted and convicted in Scotland of the same offence over 2012. If you could also provide figures for the number of fiscal fines issued that would be helpful."

In 2012, 60 prosecutions were taken for an offence under section 363 of the Communications Act 2003. There have been 38 convictions, with 2 cases still ongoing. The number of fiscal fines issued is 15,804.