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Care Homes (TV Licences)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will direct the Television Licensing Authority to exempt residents of short-stay respite care homes from the requirement for individual television licences. (76447)

The BBC, as television licensing authority, is responsible for administering the licensing system and determining licensing requirements in individual cases. The Secretary of State has no power to direct the BBC, or its agent TV Licensing, on the licensing requirements in individual cases or classes of case.

As part of BBC Charter Review, the Government have looked carefully at the existing concessionary arrangements, with a special focus on the Accommodation for Residential Care scheme. As indicated in the White Paper published in March this year, the scheme gives rise to a number of apparent anomalies to which there is no simple solution. However, it helps a significant number of very vulnerable individuals. We therefore have no plans to amend the scheme.