§ Mr. Kershaw
asked the Postmaster-General why the allowance is made for a wireless licence to be converted to a television licence; why no repayment is allowed for the reverse process; and what proposals he has for altering this.
§ Mr. Edward Short
The two forms of licence in question are the sound only licence, and the combined television and sound licence. The general policy whereby no refund is paid when a set is no longer used applies in respect of both forms of licence. A person who, having an extant sound only licence, takes out a combined licence, is not required to pay again for the unexpired term of the sound only licence; and the charge for the combined licence is abated accordingly. A person who, having a combined licence, chooses not to use television, does not need to take out a sound only licence. I can see no inconsistency in these arrangements and have no proposals for altering them.