Examination of Witnesses (Questions 417-419)
MR DAVID CLARK AND MS MAIRI MCLEAN
TUESDAY 14 MAY 2002
417. Good morning. Would you identify yourselves for the record.
(Mr Clark) I am David Clark and I am Director General of SOLACE, the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers.
(Ms McLean) I am Mairi McLean, Chief Executive of Waveney District Council.
418. Do either of you want to say anything by way of introduction? Are you happy to go straight to questions?
(Mr Clark) Yes.
419. Would you say that the Local Government Act 2000 has been a success?
(Mr Clark) No, but nor would I say that it has been a failure. In the place where I was a chief executive, which was the City of York, there was a book with 300 years of town clerks in it. They had one system. This has been going for the best part of a year and I think systems in transition are always difficult and rocky. It was a brave attempt in certain areas but I would not say it was either a success or failure yet.