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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2:30 pm, 25th October 2010

May I start by welcoming the hon. Gentleman to his post? I am delighted to talk to him about the BBC because the new licence fee settlement was announced last Wednesday and the silence of the Opposition's response has been absolutely deafening. They have not been able to work out what to do because we have agreed a settlement that is acceptable to the BBC and is very popular with the public. Let me tell him the difference between what happened when his party negotiated the licence fee and when we did it. With his party, it took two years, it cost £3 million and we ended up with an above-inflation rise. With us, it took two weeks, it cost nothing and we got a freeze for six years.