HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 c1201
20. Mr. Woodburn

asked the Postmaster-General whether the Government will, as an earnest of their expressed desire to improve the lot of old age pen sioners, be prepared to announce that, as a Christmas gift from the nation, they will be given their wireless licences free of charge?

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Captain Waterhouse)

I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's reply to a somewhat similar suggestion made on 15th November by the hon. Member for West Leyton (Mr. Sorensen).

Mr. Woodburn

Is the hon. and gallant Member aware that it would cost nothing to give this present to pensioners who have not already a wireless licence?

Captain Waterhouse

The powers of the Post Office in this matter are defined by the Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1926.

Mr. Woodburn

This is a question of the generosity of the Government.

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