HC Deb 09 July 1971 vol 820 cc478-9W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications whether he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT as much detailed information as may be readily available giving in actual cash terms or on a percentage basis the rise and/or fall in the costs of the postal, telegram, and telegraphic charges, and radio and television licences as at 18th June, 1971, compared with 18th June, 1970 and 1969 respectively.

Mr. Chataway

Information on postal and telecommunications charges is not available in the precise form required. Details of these charges are a management matter for the Post Office which publishes tariff changes and annual tariff indices in its Report and Accounts.

The fee for a sound only broadcast receiving licence was £1.25 on 18th June, 1969, and £1.05 on 18th June, 1970, a reduction of 20p or 16 per cent. The licence was abolished on 1st February, 1971. The fees for television licences remained unchanged at £6 (monochrome) and £11 (colour) between 18th June, 1969, and 18th June, 1971.