Orders of the Day — Scotland (Housing Support Grant)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:15 pm on 14th January 1980.

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Photo of Mr George Younger Mr George Younger , Ayr 10:15 pm, 14th January 1980

When it comes to coming clean, the right hon. Gentleman should recognise that the two operations are the same in that they are both estimates. The right hon. Gentleman caused complete disaster last year by making an estimate that was thought at the time to be nonsense and turned out to be nonsense. It led local authorities, both on this issue and on that of the rate support grant, to budget wrongly. Many of the problems that I have had to deal with stem from that, and the right hon. Gentleman should show some humility.