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Volume 78: debated on Monday 29 April 1985

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asked the Prime Minister, if she is satisfied with the operation of the consultation arrangements between industry, commerce and local authorities prior to the fixing of a new rate.

This is the first year that statutory consultations have taken place. A small number of local authorities have not co-operated as fully as we would have liked, but I am encouraged by reports of the useful consultations which have been achieved in many areas. We shall be keeping the process under review.