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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 Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Conservative, Gainsborough 10:31 am, 6th February 2020

Can we not have an open mind and move on? We are no longer in the 1940s, with the whole nation huddled around a single radio set. This whole row about the licence fee for over-75s and this issue shows that we really have to consider other options. Is it fair to impose a poll tax on elderly people just to watch television when there is a whole mass of alternatives—one might say a morass? The same is true for young people. Will the Government please have a genuinely open mind about moving the BBC into the 21st century on a subscription basis?