Orders of the Day — Standard Spending Assessment (Cumbria)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:26 pm on 31st January 1990.

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Photo of Mr Michael Jopling Mr Michael Jopling , Westmorland and Lonsdale 10:26 pm, 31st January 1990

The hon. Gentleman made a good deal of the remarks of Mr. Gyngell at the beginning of his speech. I should think him unfair if he did not add that, besides criticising the standard spending assessment for Cumbria, Mr. Gyngell criticised unnecessary overspending by the county council. As the hon. Gentleman knows, the council is dominated by the Labour party. Many people think that there are considerable opportunities for savings so that ratepayers of Cumbria do not have to pay as much over the SSA as may be the case.