Andrew Bridgen MP
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BBC licence fee decriminalisation: 'Not if, but how and when'

Labour is set to back Conservative plans to give ministers the powers to make non-payment of the TV licence fee a civil rather than criminal offence.

The issue is to be voted on in the House of Commons on Tuesday, but the BBC has voiced fears that decriminalisation could cost it £200m through greater evasion.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who first proposed the amendment, told the BBC's Norman Smith: "It's not a matter of if it will be decriminalised. It's a matter of how and when."

  • 24 Mar 2014
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