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No, I cannot say more today. I did explain on 5th April that details of the proposed new grant system are at present being discussed with the representatives of the local authorities. In due course, a full statement of the Government's proposals will be published for discussion both in this House and outside, but I cannot go into further details today.
Does the hon. Gentleman remember that on 18th March, the Minister of Housing and Local Government, in a Written Answer to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Kettering (Mr. Mitchison), stated that if the block grant system were in operation now, there would be £280 million of the percentage grant transferred to the block grant system, and that it appears from an Answer which he gave on 6th March to my hon. Friend the Member for Widnes (Mr. MacColl) that out of that £280 million, £259 million would be grants for education. Therefore, as this proposal seems to be, as regards nine-tenths of its content, an educational proposal, is it not important that he should soon give us further particulars about it?
I think the hon. Gentleman is tempting me to embark on a type of debate which we cannot have at this stage, but I fully recognise the importance of this question.