§ Mr. Mike O'Brien
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage how many people were affected by the change in television licence rules for those living in sheltered housing; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Brooke
This is a matter for which the Department of National Heritage is now responsible. People who had the concession when the regulations were changed in 1988 have kept it. The regulations included a provision which preserved the rights of existing beneficiaries for their lifetime, provided they continued to live in accommodation which would have qualified under the old regulations.