23rd November 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron refused to endorse plans by the Tory Council in Southampton to become a 'commissioning council' providing virtually no services directly to the public.
Alan Whitehead MP asked the Prime Minister his view on the idea of commissioning councils at Prime Minister's Questions yesterday. The Prime Minister chose not to say he supported the concept of commissioning councils, instead saying he believed in councils 'providing good services.'
Speaking after PMQs, Dr Whitehead said:
"It is instructive that the Prime Minister chose not to back the idea of wholesale commissioning when given the opportunity. Instead he quite clearly said he believed in councils providing good services. Once you get past the partisan bluster, it's pretty clear that the Tory Council in Southampton is out far further on this issue than even their own government is comfortable with."
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