HC Deb 06 July 1981 vol 8 c70W
Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will examine the extent to which central Government have effectively increased their influence over local government expenditure since 1945; and if he is taking account of this factor in his review of local authority financing.

Mr. King

The relationship between central and local government has traditionally rested on the understanding that local government respects the overall financial policies of central Government. I firmly believe that that relationship should continue on a voluntary basis. However, in reviewing matters relating to local government finance, I shall have regard to the extent to which the behaviour of local authorities indicates willingness on their part to preserve that relationship.