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Television Licences

Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 21 December 1965

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asked the Postmaster-General what additional plans are being made to publicise the arrangements for paying for television licences by instalments; and if he will make a statement.

I take it that my hon. Friend has in mind the special savings card I introduced last August on which anyone who wishes to save up for his next licence can stick National Savings stamps. The completed card can be exchanged for the next licence when this is due. The scheme has been publicised through the Press and by means of posters and notices displayed in post offices. Many pensioners' associations and savings groups have been told of it as opportunity offered. I hope that this arrangement will prove useful for anyone who prefers to save up for his licence, and in particular for the retired person who, when calling at the post office to draw his pension, may find it convenient to buy a stamp to put on a card.