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Local Authorities (Payment Of Bills)

Volume 950: debated on Wednesday 24 May 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will issue a circular advising all local authorities to settle their bills as expeditiously as possible, especially to small and medium sized businesses to which they owe money.

No. This is purely a question of local financial administration; but I am not aware of any evidence to suggest that local authorities are dilatory in settling their bills.