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Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 1st February 1995.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 6:30 pm, 1st February 1995

My hon. Friend had the courtesy to show me the leaflet. I believe that the officer concerned stepped over the mark. That officer has mistaken a majority view in the council for a view that should be passed on to the public. As I have said, I firmly believe that local authority officers have high standards. If, however, they are to retain their independence, they must retain party political independence.