Local Government Finance

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 3rd February 2010.

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Photo of Andrew Pelling Andrew Pelling Independent, Croydon Central 4:58 pm, 3rd February 2010

I am sure that the hon. Lady simply could not see or hear me-that is why I came across to the Labour Benches. I am grateful to her for giving way. May I compliment her on dealing with the shells that have been dropped by some of the heavyweights who have decided to take part in this debate and have a go at her? May I ask her two questions about the points that she has raised? She mentioned the heavy burden of local government taxation, and it is welcome that any incoming Conservative Government would freeze the tax. Does she feel that perhaps the council tax has come to the end of its ability to take additional taxation increases? Given that she is a Member of Parliament for a south London constituency, does she sympathise with some businesses that feel that it is a little unfair that the supplementary business rate that they are paying goes into Crossrail? There might be important things to do in south London communities using some of that supplementary business rate.

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