Decision details

Proposed Minor Changes to Council Procedures

Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


41.1     The Committee considered a report by the Director of Law and Assurance (copy appended to the signed minutes) which recommended minor changes to Standing Orders relating to County Council meetings.


41.2     The Director of Law and Assurance introduced the report, advising that it was recommended that the method by which a Cabinet Member provides his or her response to a motion to the public be changed from a formal decision to a report to be published in the Bulletin. In response to the increasing pressure in the organisation, he proposed that the deadline for the submission of written questions for reply at County Council meetings be moved earlier by one working day, usually 9.00 a.m. on the Friday before a Council meeting.


41.3     The Committee was supportive of changing the response to the motion process but discussed the impact of changing the deadline for written questions. It was agreed that 12.00 noon on the Friday before Council would have less of an impact on members be recommended.


41.4     Resolved –


(1)        That County Council on 14 February 2020 be recommended to change Standing Order 2.53(b) so that the Cabinet Member’s response to a motion referral be published in the Bulletin rather than via an executive decision.


(2)        That County Council on 14 February 2020 be recommended to change Standing Order 2.39 to change the written question deadline to 12.00 noon on the fifth working day before the meeting.

Publication date: 05/02/2020

Date of decision: 20/01/2020

Decided at meeting: 20/01/2020 - Governance Committee

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