TV Licences for over-75S

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:46 pm on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Conservative, Wantage 2:46 pm, 8th May 2019

I do not know whether my right hon. Friend will mention this part of the licence fee deal, but it is worth making the point that the last Labour Government imposed on the licence fee a levy to fund broadband roll-out, and because of the success of the broadband roll-out under our Government, we removed that levy from the BBC. While there was a stick with free TV licences, there were carrots with the removal some of the subsidies the last Government had asked the BBC to provide.