Part of STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS, &c. – in the House of Commons at 6:51 pm on 26th January 1994.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth , Coventry North East 6:51 pm, 26th January 1994

When dealing with her constituents, does my hon. Friend encounter the same problem that I find time and again when dealing with mine? They ask, "Why is the council's priority this rather than that? Why has it spent such a huge amount on that estate when it cannot even provide me with a date for something that is basic and fundamental?" Does my hon. Friend also find that, every time, she effectively explains that the rules about housing finance have been imposed upon the local authority by central Government 90-odd miles away? The quality of decision taken in Whitehall cannot be equal to the quality of decisions that could be taken nearer to the problems locally.