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COSLA's 1998 annual conference kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday) in Aberdeen where councillors from across Scotland, a...
COSLA's 1998 annual conference kicks off tomorrow (Wednesday) in Aberdeen where councillors from across Scotland, along with a series of senior politicians and academics, will be looking at 'Preparing for Parliament.'

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?

- what rights should local government have in relation to the Scottish parliament?

- 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.



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


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


Malcolm Rifkind

Jim Wallace

Alex Salmond

4.15 p.m. Local Government and the Parliament - Working for the

Common Good

Donald Dewar - Secretary of State for Scotland


9.30 a.m. The Right Relationship

Chair - Keith Geddes - President, COSLA

Neil McIntosh - Chair of the Commission on Local Government and the

Scottish Parliament

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

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