§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Minister for the Civil Service whether he will publish in the Official Report a detailed list of television receiver sets in Government offices; which of these are coloured programme receivers; who has the use of these; what is the total expenditure on them; wheher television licences are paid for each set; and whether the users make any contribution towards these costs.
§ Mr. Armstrong
I have been asked to reply.401W
The detailed information requested is not available. Television receivers have been provided for use in Government offices by Ministers and departmental information offices as follows:
Colour Black and White Ministers 2 47 Departmental Information Officers — 48 Total 2 95
The total cost of providing television receivers for this purpose during the last financial year—1975–76—was £2,500.
The cost of maintenance, including overheads, is approximately £800 per annum.
Television licences are not required for receivers used for official purposes.
The sets are provided for official purposes and the full cost is met from public funds.