Local Government

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 18th May 2000.

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Photo of Euan Robson Euan Robson Liberal Democrat

Question S1O-1733

To ask the Scottish Executive what targets have been set for the implementation of Agenda 21 strategies by local authorities and how the progress of such strategies is being monitored.

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

In June 1997, at the UN General Assembly in New York, the Prime Minister challenged every local authority to have a Local Agenda 21 strategy by the end of the year 2000. LA 21 was established at the Rio Summit in 1992 as a programme for local authorities. Setting LA21 targets therefore is a matter for each council.

Scottish councils are making a strong effort to meet the Prime Minister’s challenge. A survey by CoSLA in February 2000 showed that 26 councils intend to adopt a strategy by December, and two have already so done. The others are at varying stages of development. Monitoring is carried out by CoSLA and the Scottish Executive provides £60,000 per year to fund a LA21 adviser at CoSLA.

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