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LABOUR PLEDGES TO REPLACE UNELECTED WATER BOARD MEMBERS

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Labour has pledged to replace unelected water board members in Scotland with councillors from the unitary authoriti...
Labour has pledged to replace unelected water board members in Scotland with councillors from the unitary authorities, The Scotsman reports (p4).

Shadow Scottish secretary George Robertson also called on his Conservative counterpart to scrap Scottish Office plans to use private operators' finance for investment in water and sewerage system.

Speaking in Glasgow, Mr Robertson said:

'A Chemical Bank report commissioned by Strathclyde RC investigated the construction of just one new sewage treatment plant and showed that via a BOO - build, own and operate - scheme, financing costs would increase by an extra £136m compared to normal public sector financing of £201m.'

The shadow Scottish secretary also said that Mr Forsyth must let local councils raise funds through the public sector.
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