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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:08 pm on 15th June 1995.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Jones Mr Nigel Jones , Cheltenham 4:08 pm, 15th June 1995

I am listening with great interest to the Secretary of State. He does not seem to have taken into account the pay award for teachers. School budgets have not been cut in cash terms, but the pay award has a significant effect on those budgets. Does he not realise that the budget that was proposed by Gloucestershire county council was a joint Liberal Democrat-Conservative proposal? The Labour party wanted to set a much higher budget. It was proposed by John Sewell, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, and seconded by Richard Izett, the leader of the Conservatives on the council.