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Digital Switchover Help Scheme

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for assistance under the Digital Switchover Help Scheme in (a) the Vale of York, (b) North Yorkshire and (c) England; and if he will make a statement. (285757)

Those eligible for the help scheme can only be broken down by ITV regions. The Help Scheme estimates around 640,000 people in the ITV Yorkshire region will be eligible to receive help, although this number is likely to change between now and when the region switches in 2011. It is estimated that around seven million people in the UK will be eligible to receive help from the Switchover Help Scheme.