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BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:36 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Shadow Minister (Treasury) 5:36 pm, 15th July 2019

The hon. Gentleman has made some interesting points. Earlier in the debate reference was made to a public good. A public good is defined as a service, such as healthcare or education, that we feel is so important to us as a society that we collectively provide it. The BBC is a public good; it has a value for our democracy, for our community cohesion and for society generally. Therefore, we should pay for it collectively and not leave people who are over 75, and who cannot afford to pay for it themselves because they have no means, to pay for it. We should provide it collectively, as a public good.