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British Broadcasting Corporation

Volume 990: debated on Thursday 7 August 1980

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asked the Prime Minister if she will review the manner and method by which the British Broadcasting Corporation receives its revenue.

As my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has made clear, the Government are satisfied that the television licence fee is the best method of financing the BBC. He has, however, asked the working party on the administration of the broadcast receiving licence system, on which the Home Office, the Post Office and the BBC are represented, to consider again methods of payment of the licence fee and whether the base of the licensing system might be expanded.