§ 25. Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the estimated cost of issuing half-price television licences to all retired people living alone.
§ Mr. Madden
Does the Minister accept that television is often the only company and entertainment for many retired people who live alone? In view of the anomalous situation concerning concessionary television licences for the retired, does the Minister agree that this is a small price to pay for the introduction of a fair system? Will he consider introducing this proposal at an early stage?
§ Mr. John
I note what my hon. Friend says. The Government will be reconsidering the whole subject of licence concessions in the light of the recommendation of the Annan Committee, but that Committee recommended that no further concessions should be introduced. That is a matter that we shall have to decide in the debate.
§ Mr. Wrigglesworth
Is not the easiest way to get rid of this anomaly involving television licences for pensioners to do away with the licences completely and pay for public service broadcasting through 551 a Government grant? Would we not then avoid all the administrative costs of running this silly licensing scheme?