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Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (11 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to the finding in the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits that "scope exists for improvement in the arrangements for monitoring the proper and effective use of funds".

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (11 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take to assist local authorities in addressing the quality of performance of direct labour organisations (DLOs) and direct service organisations (DSOs), following the finding of the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits that the percentage of DLOs and DSOs breaking even has fallen since 2000-01.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Local Government Finance: Local Government Finance (11 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will implement the recommendation made by the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits and Taking the initiative – Using PFI contracts to renew council schools that the Executive should consider developing a leadership role in order to ensure that the special experience and skills learned from current private finance...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (7 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Scottish Economic Report: February 2003 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Waste Management: Waste Management (7 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it will take in response to the finding in the Accounts Commission’s Overview of the 2001/02 local authority audits that "if Scotland’s recycling record is to improve councils need to give recycling greater priority".

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Funding: Scottish Executive Funding (5 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what financial support it will give to the Association of Scottish Community Councils in each of the next three financial years.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Housing: Housing (4 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-33579 by Ms Margaret Curran on 6 February 2003, how many empty local authority houses have been brought back into use under the Empty Homes Initiative.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (4 Mar 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Nurturing Wealth Creation: A Report by the Scottish Manufacturing Steering Group .

Scottish Parliament: Secretary of State for Scotland (Meetings): Planning Process (Local Opinion) (27 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: Does the First Minister believe that the introduction of third-party rights of appeal would help to build public confidence in the planning process?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (26 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing The Scottish Executive’s Central Heating Programme and the Warm Deal: Annual Report 2001/02 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (20 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to update its policy on planning agreements between developers and local authorities made under section 50 of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1972 and set out in Scottish Office Development Department Circular 12/1996.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Publications: Scottish Executive Publications (20 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of printing, publishing and distributing Scottish Welfare to Work Task Force Annual Report: Achievements 2002 .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Planning: Planning (17 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: To ask the Scottish Executive what action it is taking to ensure that all local authorities meet the national target of dealing with 80% of all planning applications within two months.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: As I look back on the debates on local government finance in the past three years, it is good to see that there have been welcome improvements. However, it is clear that the Executive could do a lot more for local government in Scotland. The Executive congratulates itself on delivering an 8.5 per cent increase in local government funding in the coming financial year, but can it explain why,...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: No, thank you. The Executive is the most centralising Government that Scotland has ever seen.

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: The Executive has not cancelled CCT. The Executive leaves councils with only one role, which is to choose which cuts they must make to deliver the Executive's centrally imposed priorities. Ring fencing is an erosion of local democracy. Why should Scots care about their councils when the election is buried by being on the same day as the Scottish Parliament elections, and when councils'...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: No thank you. COSLA has warned that unless the Executive increases funding considerably in future, councils might be forced to increase council tax more to allow them to make inroads into the backlog of local infrastructure investment. The Scottish Conservatives would alleviate the tax burden on individuals by giving additional funding to local authorities to allow them to freeze council tax...

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: Unlike the SNP, we cost our proposals fully, as will be revealed in our manifesto. The freeze is not for next year; it is for three years—[ Interruption. ]

Scottish Parliament: Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/42) (6 Feb 2003)

Keith Harding: Mr Rumbles says that it will be efficiency saving; however, it will be additional funding. Council tax has a collection rate of 90 per cent in Scotland compared to a rate of 96 per cent in England and Wales. Uncollected taxes lead to a larger tax burden on the individuals who pay their taxes, because they prop up the shortfall that is caused by Labour councils' inefficiencies. The Local...


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