§ Mr. Thurnham
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he has any plans to repeal section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.
§ Mr. Waldegrave
We have no present plans to do so. The committee of inquiry into the conduct of local authority business, the establishment of which my right hon. Friend announced on 6 February, has been asked to consider amongst other matters the need to clarify the limits and conditions governing discretionary spending by local authorities. We shall consider the need for legislative change in the light of the committee's recommendations.