§ 45. Mr. Maclean
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on the retail price index of the abolition of the television licence fee.
§ Mr. Moore
The licence fee accounts for 0.45 per cent. of the retail price index, but abolition would not necessarily affect the level of the index. That would depend on what alternative means of finance were provided for the BBC. As my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Home Office stated in his written answer of 21 June, we have no plans to change the licence fee system.