CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

MEDIA – FREE TELEVISION LICENCES – 22 January 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: Will the Secretary of State join me in congratulating the hon. Member for Exeter (Ben Bradshaw) on finding a 75-year-old in his constituency who is so impressed by the measure? Does he agree that the hon. Gentleman is more likely to find many more 65-year-olds who are distinctly underwhelmed by the 75p rise in the basic pension that they received? Is not the real reason why the Government are so keen to give out free television licences that they want to maximise the number of people who will be exposed to the BBC's propaganda, orchestrated by the Government cronies who they have put at the head of the corporation?