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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 James Couchman Mr James Couchman , Gillingham 3:32 pm, 22nd July 1986

My right hon. Friend's statement will be welcomed especially by careful authorities such as my own. Will he accept that authorities such as Gillingham are worried about the contortions and distortions of the system which allowed two years ago for Gillingham to be in penalty, when it was spending 49 per cent. of its GRE, while this year it has not had to raise a rate at all, due to the munificence of my right hon. Friend's immediate predecessor?