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– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 14 January 2003.

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Photo of Kay Ullrich Kay Ullrich Scottish National Party

Question S1W-32724

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-30382 S1W-31275 and S1W-32194 by Lewis Macdonald on 5 November, 2 December and 13 December 2002 respectively, whether it would be acting within its legal powers in requiring local authorities to meet the cost of changes or alterations to trunk road signs not instigated by the Executive and what the legal basis or precedent is for its position on the matter.

Photo of Kay Ullrich Kay Ullrich Scottish National Party

Question S1W-32725

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answers to questions S1W-30382 S1W-31275 and S1W-32194 by Lewis Macdonald on 5 November, 2 December and 13 December 2002 respectively, what specific document records the policy and practice of Scottish ministers in relation to changes or alterations to trunk road signs; what legal standing the policy and practice of ministers as referred to in the answer to questions S1W-30382 and S1W-32194 has, and whether the policy and practice of ministers in relation to this matter could in any way conflict with existing law with regard to local authority responsibilities and contract law on trunk road signs.

Photo of Lewis Macdonald Lewis Macdonald Labour

The practice of the Scottish ministers of requesting local authorities to meet the cost of changes or alterations to trunk road signs not instigated by the Executive is a matter of policy, and is not based on statutory provision or any specific document. It is not considered that there is any legal impediment to this practice.

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