Old Age Pensioners (Wireless Licence Fee)

Oral Answers to Questions — Broadcasting – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th January 1951.

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Mr. De la Bère:

asked the Postmaster-General whether he will now consider dispensing with the radio licence fee for the old age pensioners over 70 years of age.

Photo of Mr Ness Edwards Mr Ness Edwards , Caerphilly

After careful and sympathetic consideration, the Government is unable to agree to the issue of broadcast receiving licences free to old age pensioners.

Mr. De la Bère:

Why does not the right hon. Gentleman abandon his half-thoughts? Why does not he do something practicable? This suggestion is not impracticable. Is he not aware that there is no justification for his refusal?