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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:34 am on 22nd January 2009.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Labour, Birmingham, Edgbaston 11:34 am, 22nd January 2009

May I ask the Leader of the House for a debate on the method whereby the Audit Commission arrives at the star rating for some council departments? Conservative-controlled Birmingham city council recently wasted £1 million on a mass eviction of a high-rise block of flats that never happened. A survey that I conducted in my constituency on repair services showed serious failings time and again, yet the Audit Commission has given the department a rating of two stars with excellent prospects. Surely something is wrong.

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