Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 9:37 am on 19th July 1991.

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Photo of Michael Fallon Michael Fallon Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Education and Science) 9:37 am, 19th July 1991

I welcome the fact that there is not overt hostility in the hon. Lady's area. I must tell her that one reason why Lewisham had to make economies of £5 million in its budget this year was the complete mismanagement of its spending last year. It was not until the introduction of local management of schools that councils such as Lewisham, and many others, had to cut their budgets and find out what they were spending.