Decision details

Review of Standing Orders (including Public Recording of Meetings) (Constitution Review Working Party, 10 November 2011)

Decision Maker: Council,

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Council RESOLVED that:

(a)               Standing Order 14.5, When a member may speak again, be amended to include: “A member who has spoken on a motion may not speak again whilst it is the subject of debate, except…(f) at the Chairman’s discretion, to raise a point of information;” with subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered accordingly; and

(b)               Standing Order 14.13, Point of Information, be added as follows: “A member may ask to raise a point of information at any time, but will be permitted to speak only at the Chairman’s discretion. A point of information may only be made where a member is aware that the Council has incorrect information before it on a material point. The member who raises the point of information must be able to cite evidence to support their statement. The point of information may be raised whilst another member is speaking but only if that member is willing to give way.  The ruling of the Chairman on the admissibility of a point of information will be final.” and subsequent Rules of Debate be renumbered accordingly. 


Council NOTED that the Constitution Review Working Party did not recommend any further changes to Standing Orders to address the public recording of meetings or social media use during meetings, as it was felt by the Working Party that the existing provisions for recording were sufficient, and that that nothing in the Constitution specifically prohibited the use of social media by the press, public, councillors or officers. 

Publication date: 24/11/2011

Date of decision: 24/11/2011

Decided at meeting: 24/11/2011 - Council

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