HC Deb 21 November 1968 vol 773 c1520
7. Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Postmaster-General if he will now take steps to introduce a lower charge for television and radio licences for elderly people.

Mr. Stonehouse

As regards a concession for the elderly generally, there is nothing I can add to the Answer I gave the hon. Gentleman on 24th July. I am, however, still discussing with my colleagues the position of those most in need.—[Vol. 769, c. 151.]

Mr. Taylor

Does the Minister recall that on 14th October he informed the House that he was having urgent discussions with his colleagues on this whole question? When does he expect that these discussions will conclude? Is he hopeful that some concession will be made?

Mr. Stonehouse

I am hopeful that they will conclude soon, but, as the House is aware, the question of subsidies in kind is a very tough problem.

Mr. James Hamilton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that old-age pensioners associations are continually in touch with Members of Parliament about this request? Is not he prepared to do something tangible about this request?

Mr. Stonehouse

I can only say that I hope that we shall soon be able to reach conclusions as a result of our discussions.