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ALL PARTY GROUP MEETS TO DISCUSS SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

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When the consultative steering group on the Scottish parliament meets for the first time today it will also be the ...
When the consultative steering group on the Scottish parliament meets for the first time today it will also be the first time that the four main political parties in Scotland have gathered to discuss the future workings of the Scottish parliament.

The steering group has 13 members and is chaired by Scottish devolution minister, Henry McLeish. The group's remit is to consider the operational needs and rules of the Scottish parliament and to prepare a report for the secretary of state by the end of this year.

The members of the group are:

Henry McLeish MP, chairman

Jim Wallace MP

Alex Salmond MP

Paul Cullen, Scottish Conservative Party

Keith Geddes, COSLA

Kenyon Wright, Scottish Constitutional Convention

Alice Brown, Edinburgh University

Joan Stringer, Principal of Queen Margaret's College

Joyce McMillan

Esther Roberton, Scottish Constitutional Convention

Deirdre Hutton, Scottish Consumer Council

Andrew Cubie, former chair of the CBI in Scotland

Campbell Christie, general secretary of the STUC

- Ideas on what people in Edinburgh want for the future of the city will be heard by Lord Sewel, Scottish agriculture, environment and fisheries minister, at a meeting of the Lord Provost's commission on sustainable development today.

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