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LANG OFFERS REFORMS AS CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

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Scottish secretary Ian Lang will tell a conference of council members and officers in Edinburgh tomorrow that they ...
Scottish secretary Ian Lang will tell a conference of council members and officers in Edinburgh tomorrow that they have a chance of a lifetime to change the face of local government in Scotland, says The Herald (p1).

In an interview with The Herald (p15), Mr Lang defends Scottish Office decisions on local government reform and handing sewerage and water services to quangos.

Mr Lang hoped reformed local government would be more flexible and more responsive to local needs, with 'a greater openness with the public'.

There would be an important role for council members on the new water boards, he said. But he would not say how many could be involved and had no plans to allow the boards to meet in public.

Other speakers at the conference include shadow Scottish secretary George Robertson and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities president Rosemary McKenna.
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