My hon. Friend is right. We must think about the most vulnerable in our society whom this decision will affect. I received a steady stream of correspondence in letters, emails, phone calls and office visits in response to my letter—the figure is in the hundreds. While each person conveyed a heartbreaking account of how they would be affected by this Government U-turn, the collective responses are a powerful testament to how important the free TV licence is.
In Portsmouth South, 300 people got in touch, and nearly 90% of them supported the continuation of the free TV licence. Nearly 70% cited loneliness as their main concern if their licence were to be revoked.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether occupational health nurses take the occupational history of their client into account when assessing people who are showing signs of lung disease.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data her Department holds on the proportion of (a) construction workers and (b) the general population with silicosis.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of terminally-ill people with silicosis.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department holds on trends in the level of co-morbidity in people with silicosis.