HC Deb 14 March 2002 vol 381 cc1238-9W
Mr. Webb

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list(a) the amount budgeted and (b) the total spent on the free television licence for the over-75s in each financial year since its introduction. [43366]

Maria Eagle

Annually Managed Expenditure is not cash limited.

We made payments on behalf of DCMS as follows:

Paid to the BBC (£)
Television licence revenue forgone BBC administration costs
2000–01 1305,503,000 17,061,000
2001–02 356,296,000 4,575,000
1 Includes payment of £7.165 million made in 2001–02 in respect of 2000–01.


Any under/overpayment as of 31 March in a given year is settled by way of adjustment to the final payment in the subsequent financial year.