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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 John Powley Mr John Powley , Norwich South 3:32 pm, 22nd July 1986

My right hon. Friend will be aware that by far the largest proportion of any local authority's budget is that spent on wages and salaries. In that context, does he agree that there is a great responsibility on those who negotiate increases in wages and salaries to ensure that more local authority resources can be spent at the sharp end rather than on wages and salaries? Does my right hon. Friend agree that no local authority should accept a generous settlement merely to employ additional staff when all local authorities should be economising on the number of staff?