At the three-day conference, produced in partnership with Adshel, delegates will examine how councillors and MSPs can work together to better serve the people of Scotland and address a series of questions including:
- how can we ensure that a creative culture develops between local government and the Scottish parliament?
- how can the opportunities for the development of more integrated public policy be maximised?
- how will the structure and culture of the new parliament impact on local government?
Keynote speakers include Scottish secretary Donald Dewar and Alastair
Darling, chief secretary to the treasury. Malcolm Rifkind, Jim
Wallace and Alex Salmond will also be at the conference to debate 'Local Government - An Equal Partner.'
John Stewart of Birmingham University will look at the 'Ingredients for the Right Relationship' and Neil McIntosh, chair of the Commission on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament will examine 'The Right Relationship.'
'The Impact of a New Parliament' will be discussed at two sessions, one looking a structures and cultures, the other coping with scrutiny, featuring Graham Leicester of the Scottish Council Foundation; Robert Gordon University's John Fairley; Jack McConnell, the chief executive of Public Affairs Europe and Herald journalist Brian Meek.
COSLA's 1998 Annual Conference takes places at the Stakis Aberdeen Treetops Hotel from Wednesday April 22 until Friday April 24. A copy of the programme is attached.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 1998
2.30 p.m. Convention meeting
4.30 p.m. Conference openingCouncillor Keith Geddes - President, COSLA
4.45 p.m. Ingredients for the Right Relationship
Professor John Stewart - School of Public Policy, Institute of Local
Government, University of Birmingham
8.15 p.m. Conference Dinner
After dinner speaker - Lord Sewel of Gilcomstoun - Minister for
Agriculture, the Environment and Fisheries at The Scottish Office
THURSDAY APRIL 23, 1998
9.30 a.m. The Impact of a New Parliament - Structures and
Chair - Kate Maclean - Vice President COSLA
GrahamLeicester - Director, Scottish Council Foundation
John Fairley - Grampian Chair of Public Policy and Director
of Centre for Public Policy, Robert Gordon University
11.15 a.m. The Impact of a New Parliament - Coping with Scrutiny
Chair - Douglas Sinclair - Chief Executive, COSLA
Jack McConnel - Chief Executive, Public Affairs Europe
Brian Meek - Journalist, The Herald
2.00 p.m. Local Government - an Equal Partner
Chair - Colin Mair - Director, Scottish Local Authority Management
4.15 p.m. Local Government and the Parliament - Working for the
Donald Dewar - Secretary of State for Scotland
FRIDAY APRIL 24, 1998
9.30 a.m. The Right Relationship
Chair - Keith Geddes - President, COSLA
Neil McIntosh - Chair of the Commission on Local Government and the
10.30 a.m. A Scottish Parliament in the United Kingdom
Alastair Darling - Chief Secretary to the Treasury
11.30 a.m. Close of conference
Keith Geddes- President, COSLA