NEWS: Scope appointed to advise drought inquiry

The chairman of an inquiry set up by Yorkshire Water to look at ways of avoiding a repeat of the mistakes made during last year’s drought has turned to London firm Scope Comunications for PR advice.

The chairman of an inquiry set up by Yorkshire Water to look at ways of

avoiding a repeat of the mistakes made during last year’s drought has

turned to London firm Scope Comunications for PR advice.



Professor John Uff QC brought the agency in two weeks ago shortly after

his appointment by Yorkshire Water Services.



Richard Aldwinckle, dep-uty chief executive of Scope, said he thought it

was the first time a mainstream PR firm had been asked to assist a

public inquiry in this way.



The aim of the inquiry is to look at the ‘lessons to be learned from the

1995 drought’ - during which Yorkshire Water was forced to spend pounds

2 million a week bringing water in by tanker. It will also ‘identify a

range of options for future design standards governing public water

supplies.’ The public hearings will be held in Leeds between 18 and 29

March and Yorkshire has promised to publish the results by 30 April.



Scope was one of several firms recommended to Uff by Yorkshire Water’s

director of corporate communications Margaret Stewart. She insisted,

however, that Yorkshire Water had no part in the operation of the

inquiry beyond funding it and that Scope’s appointment was completely

independent.



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