Local Government (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:53 pm on 17th January 1983.

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Photo of Michael Ancram Michael Ancram , Edinburgh South 8:53 pm, 17th January 1983

Before I give way, I should tell the hon. Gentleman that the ratepayers in my constituency feel that a reduction of 16p in the pound is worth some of the difficulties that they are facing as a result. They have seen shops in their areas closing and jobs being lost because of the high rates. They believe that the only way to create a stable local authority in the Lothian region and in Edinburgh is to show rather more economic sense than in the past.