§ Mr. Millan
Following my meeting with the convention on 9th July I look forward to further meetings to discuss financial matters in November. I am, of course, happy to meet the convention at any time, and my Departments are in regular touch with the convention's representatives.
§ Mr. Monro
What is the Secretary of State's policy on local government 1778 expenditure? How can he come to Dumfries and Galloway and criticise the region for not spending sufficient when it is already barely within its budget? How does he expect local government to reduce services without increasing unemployment? Does he realise that everyone in Scotland is saying "Come back, Willie. You made an awful mess of it, but it is a jolly sight worse now"?
§ Mr. Millan
For the current year, I have made it absolutely clear to the local authorities that I wish them to exercise the utmost restraint and to get as near as possible to a saving of £47 million, which is the difference between the figure on which rate support grant was based and the figure for which they have budgeted this year. I had a constructive meeting with the local authorities on 9th July on that matter.
§ Mr. Dalyell
At the meeting of 9th July, what exactly did Sir George Sharp say in the context of the cuts and the financial priorities that should be given to an Assembly?