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Motion to Take Note (Continued)

Part of Comprehensive Spending Review – in the House of Lords at 11:23 pm on 1st November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury 11:23 pm, 1st November 2010

A lot of points were raised today, and I said at the outset that I cannot address them properly today. On local government, one critical issue is that we have removed almost 5,000 targets. Of course local government will live within lower spending settlements, as the great majority of central government departments have to do, but we are balancing that by lifting a huge burden of ring-fencing of their decision making, which will enable them, within what is of course a lower settlement, to have much more power to decide where the money goes, without the heavy hand of Whitehall bureaucracy on them.

We are investing in growth, in schools and in the health of our people. We have cut welfare, we are cutting waste, we have made sure that everyone pays their fair share-