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Orders of the Day — Local Government Finance

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:48 pm on 1st February 1995.

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Photo of Mr Mark Robinson Mr Mark Robinson , Somerton and Frome 7:48 pm, 1st February 1995

Somerset has already featured in the debate and it has been a source of considerable controversy, especially locally, where the Liberal Democrats have been at their campaigning best in sending out petitions, organising letters and shouting and screaming about the education budget that they, of course, have decided to impose on the county. Indeed, the Somerset county council policy and resources committee aims to secure a reduction of £12.5 million in the education budget. The right hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Ashdown) has written to all Somerset Conservative Members of Parliament urging them to vote against the settlement. I am always prepared to consider representations from any source, but it is a pity that the right hon. Gentleman did not stick his head into the Chamber for just a few minutes to listen to the debate when he is urging us to vote against the settlement.