HC Deb 09 November 1955 vol 545 c1832
12. Mr. Awbery

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the licence for a wireless set used in a car is not transferable with the car; and, as a car may change owners several times in a year, if he will make it transferable with the change of owners.

Dr. Hill

A car radio licence, like a car driving licence, is in law a personal authority to the licensee and is not transferable with the car to another person. If the holder of a car radio licence sells his car and gets another, the licence can be made to cover his new car.

Mr. Awbery

Is the Minister aware that, although the amount involved is very small, the principle is a great one? When a car changes hands the new purchaser has to buy a licence, and this may happen three or four times a year. That is quite unjust. Will the right hon. Gentleman look into the matter?

Dr. Hill

When a man with a car radio and licence sells his car and buys another he can continue the licence. I recognise that when a man who owns a car for which he has a wireless licence sells the car and does not obtain another, and does not at that moment apply for a new licence for his home radio, there is an absence of refund which might well be regarded as a grievance. I am now examining that question with the Law Officers.