Schedule 1 — Local retention of non-domestic rates

Part of Local Government Finance Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:15 pm on 18th January 2012.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 6:15 pm, 18th January 2012

Before I give way to the hon. Gentleman, he might like to reflect on this. He has been very vocal about the Second Reading debate. I remind him of this passage, when my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, following this very point, said:

“Economic success is not a southern phenomenon”,

and the hon. Gentleman intervened and said:

“Yes, it is.”—[Hansard, 10 January 2012; Vol. 538, c. 81.]

Would he like to explain that?