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LABOUR'S STUDY OF SCOTTISH REFORM COSTS IS 'NONSENSE' SAY MINISTER

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Allan Stewart, minister for local government at the Scottish Office had issued a statement calling Labour's study i...
Allan Stewart, minister for local government at the Scottish Office had issued a statement calling Labour's study into the costs of local government reorganisation in Scotland as 'total nonsense'.

'The figures given by the Labour Party today completely ignore the significant savings (estimated at up to £66 million a year) that local government reform will yield.' he said. 'These savings will recoup the transitional costs in around five years and will thereafter produce a less expensive system of local government in Scotland.'
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