HC Deb 26 November 1973 vol 865 c14
17. Mr. Jessel

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications if he will take steps to make refunds available relative to the unexpired portion of a television licence when a colour licence is converted to a black and white one.

Sir J. Eden

No, Sir. It would not be practicable to keep adjusting licences in this way.

Mr. Jessel

Would not a change be equitable, bearing in mind that someone who converts from black and white to colour has to pay the difference?

Sir J. Eden

No, Sir. If the conversion is from black and white to colour, the amount of the licence fee relating to black and white television has already been paid, and there is a higher fee for colour. The Question relates, on average, to refunds of about £2. One must remember that the rental for a colour set is unlikely to be less than £50 a year.