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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 Hon. Nicholas Ridley Hon. Nicholas Ridley , Cirencester and Tewkesbury 3:32 pm, 22nd July 1986

I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. It is no excuse to hide behind the fact that local authorities have chosen to negotiate a number of wages and salaries centrally, because, if they do that, they must take account of the cost of those settlements.