- 15 May 2019
Date received: 3 Apr 2019
Date responded: 24 Apr 2019
Information relating to criminal proceedings regarding TV Licence evasion
The answer to your question is provided in the attached excel workbook.
In the UK the non-payment of the licence fee is a criminal offence. The television licence fee and whether or not evasion of it is a criminal offence is a matter reserved to the UK Government. The prosecutorial function is, however, devolved and in Scotland we have placed a greater emphasis on alternatives to prosecution.
Further information on types of non-court disposals is available in the 'Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2017-18' publication which can be viewed via the undernoted link. If you do not have access to the internet then please let me know and we can provide a printed copy for you.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House