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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 15th July 2010.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 10:30 am, 15th July 2010

I hardly think that the former Secretary of State is in a position to talk about waste. We have already understood that he has virtually become the patron saint of internal decorators within the Department; £2 million was spent on furnishing at a time when councils were crying out for help. I did indeed speak to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education, and I was shocked to discover the amount of waste that was within that programme. I was shocked to discover that the achievement of that programme seemed to have made a single consultant a millionaire. Labour Members seemed quite happy to waste other people's money, but I assure them that this coalition Government are about saving money and are on the side of local councils.

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