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Baroness Blatch: I do not rise to oppose the amendment but giving the local authorities the power to exercise is one thing but giving them the money to exercise it will be another.

On Question, amendment agreed to.

Clause 117 agreed to.

Schedule 27 agreed to.

Clause 118 agreed to.

Lord Whitty: I beg to move that the House do now resume.

Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.

House resumed.

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