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McINTOSH UNDER SCRUTINY - COSLA CONFERENCE DETAILS

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Representatives of Scottish local government gather in Edinburgh on Monday (November 16) to discuss the work of the...
Representatives of Scottish local government gather in Edinburgh on Monday (November 16) to discuss the work of the Commission on Local

Government and the Scottish Parliament.

The Emerging Agenda seminar will feature contributions from members of

the commission and academics and comes in the wake of the publication

of the commission's second consultation paper.

It will seek to provide a practical analysis to the many challenges

and opportunities facing local government as we move to the

establishment of the Scottish parliament, looking at a range of issues

including:

- how links between local government and the parliament can best be

secured

- the principles to be included in any concordat which is draw

up

- the advantages and disadvantages of the different systems of PR

- the advantages and disadvantages of the various models of decision

making

- how councils can strengthen their links with their communities

Commission chair Neil McIntosh will open the conference with a

position statement on the work of the commission, and further sessions

will look at relationships with the Scottish parliament, strengthening

links with communities, electoral reform and new decision making

structures.

NOTE

The COSLA conference 'The Emerging Agenda - the work of the Commission

on Local Government and the Scottish Parliament' takes place on Monday

November 16, 1998, from 10.30am at the Stakis Edinburgh Hotel,

Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh. A copy of the programme is attached.

THE EMERGING AGENDA

The work of the Commission on Local Government and the Scottish

Parliament

Monday, 16 November 1998

Stakis Edinburgh Hotel, Grosvenor Street, Edinburgh

Programme

10.00-10.30am Registration and Coffee

10.30-11.00am A Position Statement -

Neil McIntosh, Chair of the Commission

11.00-12 Noon Relationships with the Parliament -

1. Introduction by Commission Member: Professor Alan Alexander

2. Contribution by Chris Himsworth,

Reader, Faculty of Law, University of Edinburgh.

3. Open session

12 Noon-1.00pm

Strengthening links with communities

1. Introduction by Commission Member: Maureen Watt

2. Contribution by Professor Gerry Stoker, Strathclyde University

3. Open session

1.00pm-2.00pm

Lunch

2.00pm-3.00pm

Electoral reform

1. Introduction by Commission Member: Neil McIntosh

2. Contribution by Professor John Curtice, Strathclyde

University

3. Open session

3.00pm-4.00pm

New decision-making structures

1. Introduction by Commission Member: Graham Leicester

2. Contribution by Professor Michael Clarke, University of

Birmingham

3. Open session

Tea and depart

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