Concessionary Television Licences

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5 May 1983.

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Photo of Nicholas Winterton Nicholas Winterton , Macclesfield 12:00, 5 May 1983

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that reply. All hon. Members are aware that the present system creates many anomalies and dissatisfaction among the majority of pensioners, who do not live in warden supervised accommodation. Is my hon. Friend aware that some local authorities appear to be abusing the system by appointing wardens merely to control groups of dwellings so that more elderly people can take advantage of cheap television licences? Is he further aware that that practice is especially rife among Labour-controlled authorities? Is that fair to the public, who are responsible for the expenditure, or elderly people who are still unable to get the benefit of concessionary licences?