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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:11 pm on 26th July 1983.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark Mr Anthony Beaumont-Dark , Birmingham, Selly Oak 5:11 pm, 26th July 1983

Is that absolutely accurate? If one takes as an example the city of Birmingham which has a resource element based on 1972 values—;my right hon. Frend knows in another incarnation the problems of the west midlands—;how can it be only a technical problem when the west midlands district councils are being deprived of grant they need? My right hon. Friend says that these are technical adjustments. How can it be only technical when it is based on a valuation that is 12 years out of date? Does not my right hon. Friend agree that there should be a corrective multiplier, as has been suggested? That would give justice. It is not just a technical matter.