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Part of Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 7:30 pm on 19th April 1988.

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Photo of Mr Philip Goodhart Mr Philip Goodhart , Beckenham 7:30 pm, 19th April 1988

No, because I said that I would speak for less than five minutes.

If the Bill reaches another place, it will have more than 90 minutes—indeed, nine days—in which to discuss these issues. I am sure that another place, particularly after last night's vote, will have the moral authority and the moral necessity thoroughly to investigate all the exemption issues. I expect that the Government will secure the defeat of this amendment, but I hope that it will be passed by another place and that we shall have a further opportunity to discuss it at length.