asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will make a statement on progress to date with the consultative council concerned with local government expenditure.
The council has had an initial meeting at which we had a useful discussion on how both central and local government could work together in the present difficult economic climates. We shall be meeting again in July.
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what indications he has received about the achievement of his targets for local government spending in 1976–77; and if he will make a statement.
I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave earlier today to the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-West (Mr. Budgen).
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment by what means his Department makes known its views to local and regional authorities on the need to avoid ostentatious spending gestures.
My colleagues and I regularly meet representatives of local authorities and the regional water authorities and make known our views. I also issue circulars on general expenditure matters.