Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1489)

Michael Harty

Question:

1489. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the legislative powers of enforcement enacted to support the successful bidder for television licence fees to reach higher levels of collection; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35094/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Broadcasting Act 2009 provides for both civil and criminal enforcement powers to tackle TV licence fee evasion. The legislation is being amended to provide for a public procurement process for licence fee collection. A tender will issue as soon as the enabling legislation has been enacted. It is intended that the successful bidder will have a fixed term contract of 5 years which will incentivise investment in the collection system which will in turn help to reduce evasion levels.

In the meantime, An Post continues to act as my agent for licence fee collection. It will be open to An Post to tender for the contract.