§ Mr. Ashton
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he still intends to continue with the review of the financing of television and its licensing as initiated by the previous Administration.
§ Mr. Brittan
The study by the Working Party on the Administration of the Broadcast Receiving Licensing System of possibilities for improving methods of payment under the existing licensing systerm is well advanced and we hope to have its report next month. Discussions between Home Office officials and 263W the BBC on the need to find a basis for the Corporation to be enabled to carry forward its longer-term planning have also made considerable progress.