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Wireless Licences (Old Age Pensioners)

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1952

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asked the Assistant Postmaster-General if he will now take steps to enable old age pensioners to obtain wireless licences at a rate less than that charged to other citizens.

The Government regret that they are unable to give old age pensioners preferential treatment in this respect.

Has the Minister taken any trouble to inquire what the cost of this concession would be? Does he realise that this class of the community is very hardly hit by the present high cost of living?

Successive Governments have had reluctantly to come to the same conclusion in regard to granting any concession to old age pensioners.

In view of the fact that this Question has appeared so frequently on the Order Paper, does not the Assistant Postmaster-General think it about time the Government gave some sympathetic consideration to the plea put forward by old age pensioners?

Both this Government and the previous Government gave very careful consideration and sympathetic consideration to the matter but, for the reasons given in this House on many occasions, they have been unable to do anything about it.