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BBC Licence Fee

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 6th February 2020.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley 10:31 am, 6th February 2020

If the BBC is as popular and provides as much value for money as Tracy Brabin and others say, surely it has nothing to fear from going to a subscription model, because presumably everybody will be queueing up to pay their subscription as it is such wonderful value for money. The BBC is petrified of abolishing the licence fee because this may emphasise how unpopular the BBC is and how few people want to contribute. I welcome this consultation on decriminalisation, but may I urge the Minister to go further and stop this unjustifiable tax on people, which they have to pay whether they want to watch the BBC or not? It is unsustainable in the long term, because of modern technology. In the meantime, will he make sure that over-75s do not have to pay it?