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Magazine article Public Finance

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Passengers flying through Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports rose to a record 20.3 million last year, according to statistics from BAA Scotland. All three airports showed an increase, with Aberdeen posting the biggest rise of 9.5% to 2.95 million people. Twenty-seven new services were introduced, including flights to Pakistan, Egypt and Switzerland. Glasgow remained Scotland's busiest airport, ending the year with 8.8 million passengers, up by 2.4%. Edinburgh Airport handled 8.5 million passengers, up by 5.6%. International traffic rose by 8.7% on the previous year.

Steve Houghton, the leader of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, has been appointed to the board of the Audit Commission. The appointment was made by the deputy prime minister in consultation with Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt. His appointment will run from May 2,2006 to April 30, 2009. Houghton is also chair of the Barnsley Local Strategic Partnership and of the Local Government Association Urban Commission.

Chanties to the planning system to restrict the expansion of out-of-town retail floor space and to encourage improved design were announced by planning minister Yvette Cooper (pictured) on April 12. Most types of planning application will now have to be accompanied by a design and access statement to explain how high-quality design and issues such as disabled access have been addressed in the proposal. Cooper said: These reforms are about strengthening the role of design in the planning system, making sure planners take proper account of people's access needs and strengthening town centres. …

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