Former MP, Beaconsfield
I remind my hon. Friend that the SDP-Liberal alliance partner of the hon. Member for Croydon, North-West was too polite to describe that matter as nonsense, but made it fairly clear that he thought that it was.
The hon. Gentleman has made a very important statement. Does it mean that there would therefore be no question of attempting to force comprehensive schools upon local authorities which do not want them?
Perhaps we may carry the argument one stage further. Because they provide only one-sixth of local government expenditure, all the pressure from them is for greater expenditure, which explains why local government expenditure constantly increases. If they paid six-sixths we should not hear so many demands for greater expenditure.
Former MP for Beaconsfield
Entered the House of Commons on 17 May 1945 — unknown
Left the House of Commons on 27 February 1982 — Died
Also represented Buckinghamshire South; Newport (Monmouthshire/Gwent)
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