Wireless and Television Revenue (Retention)

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th November 1953.

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Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West 12:00 am, 19th November 1953

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the net revenue from wireless and television licences is to be retained by the Treasury for the year 1953–54; what sum is expected to be received by the Treasury in respect thereof; and how much Exchequer grant-in-aid for overseas services is to be provided during the same period.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The answers to the three parts of the Question are, respectively: 14 per cent.; £2,050,000; and £4,950,000.

Photo of Mr Donald Wade Mr Donald Wade , Huddersfield West

Does the hon. Gentleman agree that this raid on the licence revenue, like the raid on the Road Fund, is difficult to justify in principle and is a really unsatisfactory method of raising general revenue? Can he give us an assurance that this cut will be discontinued?

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

I do not think that word "raid" is appropriate, though I appreciate that the interests concerned would always like more money.