TV Licences for over-75S

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:09 pm on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2:09 pm, 8th May 2019

It is important to see the decision that was made in the wider context of the licence fee agreement that was settled in 2015. It included several plus-points for the BBC that it had not had before—I shall come to the detail of them shortly—and it raised the BBC’s income and for the first time put that income on a sustainable footing over a five-year period. In that context, the Government at the time took a reasonable position.