asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he attends meetings of the Local Government Consultative Council.
When necessary, I represent my right hon. Friend at meetings of the Consultative Council on Local Government Finance.
In which case, I sympathise with the hon. Gentleman. Will the amount of money that is likely to be spent next year by local authorities on consumer protection be more or less than, or about the same as it is this year?
Expenditure by local authorities on consumer protection is estimated at £47 million for 1982–83, and that estimate has been agreed with the local authority associations concerned.
Is the figure for this year up, down or the same?
It is up.