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Wireless Receiving Licences

Volume 446: debated on Wednesday 28 January 1948

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88.

asked the Postmaster-General whether the Government will now consider reducing the wireless licence charge from 20s. to 10s. per annum, since the revenue secured at 10s. per annum was far in excess of the expenditure involved.

I cannot accept the hon. Member's suggestion. The reasons for raising the annual charge for Wireless Receiving Licences from 10s. to £1 were given in the White Paper on Broadcasting Policy and they still hold good.

91.

asked the Pomaster General whether, in view of the increase in the cost of living, he will now consider the desirability of reducing the cost of wireless licences to old age pensioners from £1 to 10s.

After full consideration I regret that I am unable to give preferential treatment in this respect to old age pensioners.