HC Deb 07 February 1979 vol 962 c203W
Mr. Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what would be the cost of giving pensioners free television licences; and what percentage of the BBC's licence revenue this would represent;

(2) if he will publish a table showing which EEC countries grant free or partly free television licences to pensioners; and what is the cost of the licence in each case.

Dr. Summerskill

It is estimated that the cost of providing free television licences to all households containing one or more retirement pensioners would be between £100 million and £110 million in lost revenue in a full year. This represents about one-third of the estimated licence revenue for 1979–80. I regret that information about concessionary television licences for pensioners in other EEC countries is not readily available.