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Digital Broadcasting: Scotland

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households qualifying for assistance in switching over to digital television in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland will be required to pay a £40 fee to access assistance. (139919)

The information is not available in the form requested.

We estimate about 49 per cent. of Scottish households in the Grampian and Scottish TV regions eligible for help will qualify for free assistance under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme; 51 per cent. of households in the Grampian and Scottish TV regions eligible for help will qualify for assistance to which there is a £40 charge.

For the Border region covering England and Scotland (but excluding Whitehaven and the Isle of Man), we estimate that 41 per cent. of eligible households will qualify for free assistance; 59 per cent. of eligible households will qualify for assistance to which there is a £40 charge.