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Clause 1

Part of Business Rate Supplements Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 27th January 2009.

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Photo of Bob Neill Bob Neill Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government), Deputy Chair, Conservative Party 10:45 am, 27th January 2009

It is interesting that the Under-Secretary says that, because of a point that struck me during the evidence sessions. Is he hinting that there should be the reintroduction of the business vote in such circumstances? I am sure that his hon. Friends would not like that. My answer to him is that not only was there a democratic election in London, but all the representative business bodies supported the Crossrail funding package. Equally, those same people said, “Although we accept that it works in London for Crossrail, we do not want it imposed elsewhere.”