§ 22. Mr. Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what representations she has received concerning concessionary television licences for retired people; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The Government receive regular representations on the subject of concessionary television licences for retired people. However, the Government have no plans for any changes to the existing concessionary scheme, nor to introduce reduced fee television licences for all pensioners. Any increase in concessions available would reduce the BBC's income and impact upon its home broadcasting services.