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The right hon. Gentleman is talking about the decision of local authorities, especially those that are Labour-controlled, to raise rates. Surely the issue of rates should be for local communities to decide. They can make their decision on the basis of whether they are satisfied with the services that are provided at the price that they have to pay for them. The attitude of local authorities will be reflected in the ballot box. Why do we need to introduce legislation to do something that is already done by the democratic procedure? Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that that is the way in which democracy should function?