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Conduct Of The Accounts Commission For Scotland

EDM number 479 in 1997-98, proposed by John Home Robertson on 19/11/1997.

That this House deplores the decision of the Controller of Audit to submit a report to the Accounts Commission for Scotland challenging the payment of ú7.7 million by East Lothian District Council to the East Lothian Community Development Trust for repairs and improvements to schools; notes that this initiative was excellent value for money for council taxpayers and that is has been a great benefit for local schools; recognises that this investment was made under section 57(1) of the Local Government etc (Scotland) Act 1994 following independent legal advice; observes that the Accounts Commission is now challenging action taken by an authority which no longer exists under transitional powers which have now transited; notes that there is no suggestion that public money has been misused, but that the Commission is pursuing an academic quibble about the interpretation of section 57; and calls on the Commission to refrain from wasting public resources on a vexatious and fundamentally meaningless hearing.

This motion has been signed by a total of 11 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

John Home Robertson19/11/1997East LothianLabourProposed
John McAllion19/11/1997Dundee EastLabourSigned
Russell Brown19/11/1997DumfriesLabourSigned
Eric Clarke19/11/1997MidlothianLabourSigned
Maria Fyfe19/11/1997Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Norman Godman19/11/1997Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Irene Adams19/11/1997Paisley NorthLabourSigned
Ernie Ross20/11/1997Dundee WestLabourSigned
Ken Livingstone20/11/1997Brent EastLabourSigned
John McDonnell03/12/1997Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Anne McGuireUnknownWithdrawn

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