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STAFF COMMISSION DOSSIER COULD SPARK 'MONKLANDS TYPE' INQUIRY

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A dossier compiled by the staff commission on 'jobs for the boys' allegations against North Lanarkshire UA has take...
A dossier compiled by the staff commission on 'jobs for the boys' allegations against North Lanarkshire UA has taken the Scottish Office by surprise, both by its size and content, says The Herald (p2).

The paper claims there is growing speculation that the Scottish secretary may have to consider a Monklands-type investigation to allay public fears.

The most controversial issue centres on the appointment of David McKendrick as director of social work six months before he is due to retire. An unsuccessful applicant, Ian Gilmour who was then depute director of social work at Strathclyde RC complained that three junior members of his staff were on the selection panel.

Meanwhile, North Lanarkshire leader Harry McGuigan yesterday put forward a motion to council expressing confidence in the authority's recruitment procedures.

Opposition councillors claim there is a 'carve up' given the number of Motherwell DC officials who have landed top jobs, says The Herald.
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