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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Environment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd February 1983.

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Photo of Mr Tom King Mr Tom King Secretary of State for Environment 12:00 am, 23rd February 1983

I told the local authorities and delegates at that conference that I would very much prefer to see a system in which targets were not necessary. The challenge is with local authorities. Targets were introduced to try to obtain a better achievement on Government expenditure targets overall and if we were able to secure that I would be delighted to see whether it was possible to get rid of targets.