HC Deb 21 August 1940 vol 364 c1297
44. Sir Reginald Clarry

asked the Minister of Information whether, having regard to the fact that there are about 12,250,000 occupied houses in the United Kingdom and that only 9,065,000 wireless licences have been issued, he can furnish any information as to the reasons why such a large number of households do not listen in?

Mr. Cooper

A few households are without sets because they dislike wireless, a larger number because they cannot afford sets of their own. Still others-how large a number I cannot say—have sets for which they have, regrettably, not obtained licences. The ratio of sets to houses in the United Kingdom compares favourably with that in other countries.

Mr. Lawson

Is it not highly satisfactory that there are so many sets among the people of this country?

Mr. Cooper indicated assent.