HC Deb 20 December 1979 vol 976 c412W
Mr. Alton

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will seek to establish a Select Committee to monitor local authority spending, with powers to send for councillors, local officials, ratepayers and independent experts.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

General questions of local government finance are already within the scope of the departmental Select Committees, subject to the statutory autonomy of individual local autho