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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 1st November 2011.

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Photo of George Osborne George Osborne The Chancellor of the Exchequer 2:30 pm, 1st November 2011

In central Government we have announced that we are reducing the facility time, as it is called, in the civil service because we do not think it is fair that taxpayers should be paying for so many full-time trade union officials. Obviously, it is up to Blackburn with Darwen council to decide how it spends its council tax payers’ money, but from what my hon. Friend is telling me, it does not look as if the council is spending it particularly well.