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Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter of 20 October by Lord Ashton of Hyde concerning the draft BBC Charter and Agreement which has been placed in the Library of the House, whether they intend to ensure that the licence fee is for the exclusive benefit and use by the BBC to fund the performance of the BBC's functions and public purposes.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The licence fee is not a payment for BBC Services or any other specific television service. ​The government will trial a contestable fund to benefit underserved audiences and genres​​, funded from broadband underspend, over the coming three years.

The Government will consult on the fund in due course. ​

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