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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:32 pm on 22nd July 1986.

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Photo of Mr Bill Michie Mr Bill Michie , Sheffield, Heeley 3:32 pm, 22nd July 1986

When will the Secretary of State accept that the really irresponsible action has been that of the Government? How can the Government blame local authorities when those authorities have been robbed of millions of pounds? For example, Sheffield has lost more than £240 million in grants and has received a measly £20 million, despite the fact that all the problems remain. The Government may take the money away, but while the problems remain, the caring will continue. I am convinced that, had this Government been in power many years ago, the good Samaritan would have been shot for irresponsibility.