Scottish Retail Consortium chairman Eddie Thompson is to represent the retail sector on a new Scottish parliamentary task force. The 20-strong panel of academics, business leaders and local politicians will review the condition and future of Scotland's five major cities ­ Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Thompson, founder of Scottish convenience chain Morning Noon & Night, is the only retail member of the panel in a sector which employs a tenth of the Scottish workforce and turns over £16bn a year. He said: "A lot of people know very little about the retail sector. I am pleased that it has been given a voice on this task force." He said the task force, chaired by Scottish finance minister Angus Mackay, would divide into specialist working parties before reporting back to parliament in early 2002. And Scottish Retail Consortium director Patrick Browne said: "Retailing plays a significant role in Scottish cities and has a major impact on how they develop and grow. "This review provides an opportunity to take a strategic look at the way we want our cities to develop and make them better places for people to work, rest and shop." {{NEWS }}