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If the hon. Gentleman studies the election results on 9 June, he will find that the attitude of local communities was reflected in the ballot box. He will know that ratepayers turn to the House and to individual members for protection against exorbitant rate increases.
We still want to take every opportunity to pursue the co-operative approach. We are well aware of the effective savings that have been made by many authorities, and it is the performance of the majority that has put into high relief the failure of a few really extravagant authorities.