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Session 4 Wednesday 1 July, 9.30am Delivering the goods

'Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has stated that best value will be central to good local government in the coming years. She has also called on every authority to consider how they can use public/private partnerships and the Private Finance Initiative to benefit their own areas,' said session chairwoman Philomena Bach.

There will be a paper on the Private Finance Initiative from the chief executive of the public private partnerships programme Peter Fanning, while the head of the European Union's Public Policy Procurement Unit, Auke Haagsma will give the European perspective.

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