Wireless Licence Charge.

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting. – in the House of Commons on 16th March 1936.

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Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

asked the Postmaster-General whether in view of the large increase in the number of persons holding wireless licences and of the consequent increase in revenue, he will give favourable consideration to a reduction in the charge for such licences?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

This is a matter which must depend upon the decisions to be taken on the recommendations of the Broadcasting Committee.

Photo of Captain Leonard Plugge Captain Leonard Plugge , Rochester Chatham

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that many foreign countries charge more than we do, in one case as much as £2, for licence fees, and will he oppose any motion to reduce this fee, which would cripple the British broadcasting service and jeopardise the prestige of the British broadcasting service in Europe?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The suggestion did not come from me. If my hon. and gallant Friend waits for the report, he will see what is in it.

Photo of Mr Valentine McEntee Mr Valentine McEntee , Walthamstow West

In view of the fact that recent improvements have been in the main to the advantage of the business community, will not the right hon. Gentleman consider some suggestion to spread over the ordinary people some of the advantages of the increased receipts of the Post Office?

Photo of Mr George Griffiths Mr George Griffiths , Hemsworth

Will the Minister reconsider his answer as there are a number of people who have no money for any other entertainment and they would like it to be a 5s. licence instead of 10s.?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The position of the country on the whole is very much better than it was two or three years ago.