§ Mr. Peter Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider amending legislation so that concessionary television licences are made available on criteria of personal need rather than in relation to the provision of particular facilities within their homes.
§ Mr. Whitelaw
No. The 5p television licence for residents of old persons' homes was introduced to correct an anomaly in the licensing of homes for retirement pensioners and was not intended as a welfare concession.