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LOCAL GOVERNMENT FIGURES APPOINTED TO STANDARDS COMMISSION

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Cosla acting chief executive Albert Tait has been appointed as a member of the Standards Commission for Scotland. L...
Cosla acting chief executive Albert Tait has been appointed as a member of the Standards Commission for Scotland. Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland member Hugh Begg has been appointed convener and recently retired Fife Council law and administration head Stuart Allan as chief investigating officer.

Minister for finance and public services Andy Kerr said:

'I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Hugh MacKemmie Begg as convener; Stuart Allan as chief investigating officer and Linda Costelloe Baker, Professor Lorne D Crerar, Wendy Goldstraw, Elinor Smith and Albert Tait as members of the commission.

'Promoting high standards in public life is essential in order to secure a strong sense of trust between the people of Scotland and those who serve them. The creation of the standards commission will make an important contribution to this bond of trust, and will complement other measures which will improve standards in public life in Scotland. Proposals for the establishment of a public sector ombudsman, a freedom of information commissioner and a Scottish commissioner for public appointments clearly demonstrate the executive's commitment to openness and accountability, citizen focus and public servants and service of the highest standards.'

Biographical details:

Professor Hugh MacKemmie Begg - Convener

Professor Begg is an independent consultant and holds the following appointments: Member of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland - for which he receives£180/day, and a reporter with the Scottish executive inquiry reporters unit for which he receives£162/day.

Stuart Allan - Chief Investigating Officer

Mr Allan is a solicitor having recently retired as head of law and administration of Fife Council.

Members

Linda Costelloe Baker

Costelloe Baker is currently Scottish Legal Services Ombudsman, and receives£33,000 per annum.

Professor Lorne D Crerar

Professor Crerar is managing partner and senior banking law partner with Harper Macleod Solicitors. He is a member of the housing improvement task force which is a non-remunerated ministerial appointment.

Wendy Goldstraw

Ms Goldstraw is a retired senior executive with Post Office Counters Ltd. She is currently a member of the Accounts Commission for which she receives£3,927 per annum and a non-remunerated member of the governing body of the Scottish Crop Research Institute.

Elinor Smith

Ms Smith is a retired senior banker and currently chair of South Glasgow University Hospital Trust with an annual remuneration of£22,000.

Albert Tait

Mr Tait, is an independent consultant and is currently contracted as acting chief executive of CoSLA.

Remuneration will be as follows: the chief investigating officer, working 2.5 days per week, receives£30,000/annum; the convener devoting 3 days per month to the commission receives£9,345 per annum; and members devoting 1 - 1.5 days per month receive£3,928 per annum. Appointments commenced on 17 January 2002 and will run for three years. All appointees responded that they have not been involved in any political activity in the last five years.

These appointments are part of the implementation of the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc (Scotland) Act and relate to provisions for the establishment of a Standards Commission for Scotland and the appointment of a chief investigating officer. The Code of Conduct for Councillors and the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Public Bodies were approved by the parliament on 19 December 2001.

The commission contact details are:

The Standards Commission for Scotland

Forsyth House

Viking Business Campus

Rosyth Europarc

Rosyth

KY11 2UU

Tel: 01383 428058

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