HC Deb 11 July 1994 vol 246 c468W
29. Mr. Nigel Evans

To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what plans he has to help senior citizens living alone with their television licence fee.

Mr. Brooke

As the Government have made clear on many occasions, we are sympathetic to pensioners who find difficulty in meeting the cost of the licence fee, but we do not consider the licence fee a suitable instrument of social policy.