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Scottish Water Tops Salmond's Bill for Holyrood

Magazine article Public Finance

Scottish Water Tops Salmond's Bill for Holyrood

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The public utility Scottish Water is to be transformed into a "dynamic" agency with powers to become one of the country's biggest generators of renewable electricity, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

Outlining his programme for government on September 8. Salmond said legislation to reform the utility would be among ten Bills to be presented during the final session of the Scottish Parliament before next May's elections.

But there will be no legislation for a referendum on Scottish independence. Salmond said opposition parties had 'ganged up' to stop it. 'So we will take our case for greater powers to the people of Scotland [in next year's election],' he added.

Scottish Water has been the subject of controversy over whether it should be turned into a private company. However, Salmond told MSPs that it would remain in public hands.

He said: 'We want Scottish Water to evolve from a successful utility into a dynamic water agency. …

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