TV Licences for over-75S

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:15 pm on 8th May 2019.

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Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Conservative, South Suffolk 3:15 pm, 8th May 2019

It is a pleasure to follow Janet Daby. I stood in Lewisham, Deptford in 2005 when my now neighbour, my hon. Friend James Cleverly, stood for Lewisham East; obviously, we have both been a bit more successful since then. It is the first time I have spoken after the hon. Lady, and I welcome her to the House.

I was not intending to speak, but earlier I intervened on the shadow Minister, Tom Watson, to ask him a question that is fundamental to this debate. I asked him whether, in principle, a multimillionaire should receive a free TV licence, and he said, in effect, “Of course they should.” I happen to disagree fundamentally with that proposition.