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TV Licences (Outlets)

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make representations to the BBC in favour of the continued sale of (a) television licences and (b) television licence saving stamps at post offices. (77450)

Contractual arrangements for the sale of television licences are a matter for the BBC as licensing authority, taking into account both value for money and the convenience of licence fee payers. It would be inappropriate for the Government to intervene in such matters.

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assumptions she has made about the future growth of the number of households in assessing the level of the new BBC licence fee. (77533)

The Government are considering this issue as part of the current review of the future funding of the BBC. Our conclusions will be announced in due course.