UK Economy (London)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:21 pm on 10th March 2004.

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Photo of Sir Sydney Chapman Sir Sydney Chapman Conservative, Chipping Barnet 2:21 pm, 10th March 2004

I hear what the hon. Gentleman says, but I cannot enter into a debate with him now. I shall say one thing: if there were equal wealth and poverty in London and in any other part of the country, London would still need more because of the extra cost of living in London, which is considerable. London weighting is inadequate for most professions. I shall end by saying that we are talking about £3,000 for every man, woman and child in this country and, to use the phrase that we hear so often on the underground, London is beginning to mind the gap.