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Local Taxation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:00 pm on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of David Miliband David Miliband Minister of State (Communities and Local Government), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 4:00 pm, 4th July 2005

That is often said, but the hon. Gentleman will know as well as I do that many local authorities spend above the ring-fenced or passported level on education, to some 108 per cent. to 110 per cent. nationally. My impression is that the commitment of the Government to make education the No. 1 priority is widely shared across the country.