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 Eric Martlew Eric Martlew , Carlisle 10:26 pm, 31st January 1990

I have given way once to the right hon. Gentleman. I have only a quarter of an hour at my disposal.

It is deeply resented that Cumbria is being penalised to help the south-east. The Government came to the conclusion that they had to pay more to councils in the south-east. That was right and proper, but although it had to be funded the money did not have to come out of the pockets of people in the north of England.