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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th December 1981.

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Photo of Mr Robert Atkins Mr Robert Atkins , Preston North 12:00 am, 10th December 1981

Is my right hon. Friend aware that at least some of the resentment caused by the present unjust rating system and its effects, particularly in the Socialist authorities of Lancashire and Preston, would be diminished if the rate burden were to be diminished? Therefore, will she commend those local authorities that are reducing costs by allowing free competition to take part in the operation of local government and to provide some of the services provided hitherto by local authority monopolies?