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Rate Support Grant (England)

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

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Photo of Mr Patrick Jenkin Mr Patrick Jenkin , Wanstead and Woodford 5:11 pm, 26th July 1983

If I gave the impression that I thought that the consequences of the budget decisions that are dealt with in the reports are technical—;in the 1983–84 report they are purely technical—;that is not what I meant. I said that there are technical statements in the report as well but the reports before the House are the results of decisions on rate support grant and on the holdback arrangements described by my predecessor, now my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, very fully in the debate in January. When those authorities fixed their budgets and their rates they knew, or could have known, what the effect could be. That is not simply a technical question.