HC Deb 26 October 1989 vol 158 cc612-3W
45. Mr. Latham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the implementation of the new regulations relating to concessionary television licences; and what representations he has received from local authorities on this matter.

Mr. Renton

By the end of August 1989 about 27,000 schemes had been reviewed under the May 1988 regulations, and some 804,500 people were covered by concessionary licences. Applications in respect of a further 10,000 schemes are being considered by the national TV licence records office and it is hoped that they will be dealt with by the end of the year. Since the change in the regulations, we have received 62 letters, 52 through hon. Members, from local authorities about aspects of the concessionary television licence scheme. I have also received two delegations from local authorities.