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Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:59 pm on 1st February 1995.

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Photo of Mr John Sykes Mr John Sykes , Scarborough 6:59 pm, 1st February 1995

The hon. Gentleman talks of fat in local government. Is he aware that, in my area, North Yorkshire county council received a 1 per cent. increase in this year's allocation but is complaining about drastic cuts? It wants to reduce the number of fire engines in Scarborough, although we all know what happened last year to the Richmond hotel. The council owns 13,000 acres of farmland in North Yorkshire, which is worth £10 million. There is no thought of selling that. Local authorities must be made to face difficult decisions. That council should be forced to decide whether it wants to provide fire engines or farmland.