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Local Government Reform Programme

Part of Ministerial Statement – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 4:45 pm on 20th October 2009.

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Photo of Peter Weir Peter Weir DUP 4:45 pm, 20th October 2009

I thank the Minister for his very comprehensive statement and, indeed, for the very sensible road map that has been put forward for the progress of the RPA and service delivery.

Will the Minister take an open-minded approach to the structure of the three regional service organisations — the single waste authority, the business service organisation, and the local government association — and any linkages between them, in order to ensure that service delivery is efficient and flexible? Also, when looking at the suite of services that could go into a business service organisation, will the Minister take cognisance of the evaluation of the experience in Scotland, which showed that a number of services did not lend themselves particularly well to shared services, but that some shared services were implemented very successfully?