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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 Toby Jessel Mr Toby Jessel , Twickenham 5:11 pm, 26th July 1983

Is my right hon. Friend aware that I am anxious that he appears to have it in mind to reduce the grant of the Richmond on Thames borough council from £20 million to £18 million a year? This thinking flows from the fact that about two years ago, in an attempt to hold down rates, the council drew on its balances. That course could not be repeated the following year because the balances were no longer available to draw upon to the same extent. That meant that the council had to introduce a considerable increase in the rates the following year. As a result, it attracted a penalty, which my right hon. Friend is now intending to impose on it. This is seen to be inequitable and I ask my right hon. Friend whether he is prepared to re-examine the position of the Richmond on Thames borough council.