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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th January 1975.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian 12:00 am, 28th January 1975

It is indeed a serious mater when ex-Ministers in reply to my hon. Friend make fantastic innuendoes. What is being said here is that somehow or other, improperly, the newly elected councillors have connived with officials to give them salaries greater than they should have. What other inference are we to draw from what has been said? I find it astonishing that first one ex-Minister and then another ex-Minister—people who should know better—make such sweeping statements without having bothered to find out what the facts are. I have bothered to find out the facts. What the hon. Gentleman is saying is absolutely disgraceful.