§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Lord President of the Council whether he will publish in the Official Report a detailed list of television receiver sets in the 295W Palace of Westminster; which of these are coloured programme receivers; who has the use of them; what is the total expenditure; whether television licences are paid for each set; and whether the users make any contribution towards these costs.
§ Mr. Foot
Three colour television sets are provided for the use of Members of Parliament on the Upper Committee Corridor. These are paid for out of the Vote of the House at a total annual rental of £287.88p. One colour set is provided in the Families' Room off the Lower Waiting Hall without charge to public funds. I understand Mr. Speaker's Art Fund pays a rental of £181.12p for this.
Some television sets are installed in the various residences by private arrangements made by the occupants at their own expense.
The Department of the Environment provides sets in 22 Ministers' Rooms. The annual rental of these sets is approximately £770.
The Palace of Westminster is exempted from the need to pay a licence fee.
The arrangements for installing television sets in the House of Lords is a matter for that House.