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Television Reception

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

I wish to present a public petition to the House of Commons, organised by a most excellent campaigner in my constituency, Mrs. Carol Childs. Normally, the Parliament channel would be able to beam my remarks to the petitioners, but as the House will learn, that will not be possible today. There are only 105 signatures on the petition, but those who have signed have lost their television signal. One day they had a television signal and the next day an industrial unit was built behind them and they lost it, although they still have to pay their licence fee.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Rushden, Northamptonshire and surrounding areas

Declares that, due to the construction of large industrial units behind The Hedges, a road in Rushden, the television signal has been lost or severely impaired for many households. Given that the households have to pay a TV License fee it is unacceptable that there is no or a very poor television signal.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons asks that the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport initiates an investigation into this matter with the aim to find a solution that will restore a quality television signal.

And the Petitioners remain.

To lie upon the Table.