Like many other MPs, I choose not to sign EDMs as unfortunately they have fallen into disrepute in recent years. This is due to the fact they cost around £400,000 a year to administer and have little legislative effect.
As you know, the decision on TV licences is now the responsibility of the BBC’s Board and the responses the BBC receives to the consultation they ran will help them decide what to do next. I do hope you were able to contribute to this before it closed on the 12th of February and I know they will publish the outcome later this year.
This matter was also raised in the House of Commons on the 13th of February and the Prime Minister stated the following:
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?