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the British Broadcasting Corporation: an organization that broadcasts television and radio programmes and is owned by the British government. It does not have advertising and is paid for by the licence fee (=money paid every year by people who own a television).
Britishinformal the BBC
the former name for the British government department responsible for collecting taxes on goods that are bought or sold or brought into the country. It became part of HMRC in 2005, but people still use the old name in unofficial contexts.
Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: the British government organization that is responsible for providing people with driving licences and collecting road tax
the British government department that deals with Britain’s relations with foreign countries. Its full name is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The US department that has a similar purpose is the State Department.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs: the British government department responsible for taxation. It collects both direct taxes (such as income tax and corporation tax) and indirect taxes (such as VAT).
in the UK, the government department that is responsible for the police and for protecting the country from attacks by terrorists. It also controls who is allowed into the country. The minister in charge of the Home Office is called the Home Secretary.
the former name for the British government department responsible for collecting taxes. It became part of HMRC in 2005, but people still use the old name in unofficial contexts.
the British government department that prepares reports that say what the weather is going to be like. This type of report is called a weather forecast.
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