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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:00 pm on 23rd February 2010.

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Photo of David Hamilton David Hamilton Labour, Midlothian 12:00 pm, 23rd February 2010

The hon. Gentleman will realise from my comments that I am more of a club drinker than a pub drinker. There are a number of clubs in my area, which I actively support. If the hon. Gentleman is talking about rate relief, who will pay it? Local authorities in my area pay 80 per cent. rate relief to all the clubs if they make contributions to the local area. It costs the local authority £500,000 a year. Who will pick up the tab under his proposal?