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Local Government Reform Programme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 5:00 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Danny Kinahan Danny Kinahan UUP 5:00 pm, 20th October 2009

I congratulate the Minister for his commitment, and I congratulate both him and his Department for all their hard work.

I welcome the idea of a business service organisation and the answer he has already given on that. However, I need to tease that out a little bit more. Will the need for financial benefits in having some form of central expertise for the legal, insurance and consultancy work be within that business service organisation, and how does he see that working? Will pressure have to be put on councils to ensure that they do not do things in their own way? It looks as though the Minister is giving the organisation most of the tasks to do and that, therefore, councillors may be waiting another four years before they get the work that they are expecting.