Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire) (Lab)
“Despite the Prime Minister’s party’s manifesto promise, nearly 7,000 pensioner households in my West Lancashire constituency could lose their free TV licences. Often the television is their only source of company. Are the Government going to keep their manifesto promise by taking back the responsibility they have outsourced to the BBC, to ensure that older people keep their TV licences?”
The Prime Minister
“I recognise the value that people across the country place on having a television, and for many elderly people the connection that brings with the world. That is why the free licences for the over-75s are so important. We have been clear that we want and expect the BBC to continue free licences when it takes over responsibility for the concession in 2020. May I just say that taxpayers rightly want to see the BBC using its substantial licence fee income in an appropriate way to ensure that it delivers fully for UK audiences?”
Was the question answered?
Of course not. “manifesto promise” wasn’t answered. To say “want and expect” is pretty much a cop-out. Who in their right mind believes the BBC will abide by the Tory manifesto promise? The appropriate use by the BBC of licence income is to pay huge life-enriching salaries to so called stars. Sell the BBC!