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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 Mark Fisher Mark Fisher , Stoke-on-Trent Central 5:11 pm, 26th July 1983

Surely the Secretary of State understands that local authorities do not decide their rate after January. If he knows anything about local authorities he will know that decisions are starting to be made now for next year. It is far too late to announce a decision in January—;decisons are made in September or October. If the right hon. Gentleman does not understand that he should start to learn about the realities of local government.