HC Deb 26 November 2001 vol 375 c630W
Mr. Alan Campbell

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many older people are in receipt of a free television licence in the Tynemouth constituency. [18003]

Mr. Caborn

Everyone aged 75 or over is entitled to benefit from a free television licence. TV Licensing, which administers this concession for the BBC as Licensing Authority, is not able to provide geographical breakdowns of the number of free licences issued. However, estimates based on the 1991 Census indicate that there were approximately 7,000 people aged 75 or over in the Tynemouth constituency.