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DRAFT STANDARDS BILL FOR SCOTLAND

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Scottish Office minister Henry McLeish has revealed that work is under way on a draft Bill setting up a new nationa...
Scottish Office minister Henry McLeish has revealed that work is under way on a draft Bill setting up a new national standards commission.

Mr McLeish said the Bill, which will establish a statutory code of conduct for all of Scotland as well as setting up a commission to investigate breaches, could be one of the first pieces of legislation dealt with by the new parliament.

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities president Keith Geddes said COSLA was 'four square' behind the government's proposals.

But he also repeated the Nolan committee finding that the vast majority of councillors and officers observed high standards of conduct.

'Councils often get the blame for issues of conduct which are actually outwith their control and which should have been dealt with by the political parties,' he said.
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