Public Questions at Executive Board and Council Meetings
1. Each ordinary meeting of the Council and Executive Board shall include an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions and make statements in respect of matters for which it has functional responsibilities.
2. Questions/statements shall not exceed 3 minutes each and the total time available for public question time shall not, subject to the Chair's overall discretion, exceed 15 minutes.
3. The Chair may at his/her absolute discretion disallow questions/statements which he/she believes are expressed in inappropriate terms, are irrelevant or outside the scope of the Council's functions, vexatious, repetitive or unduly lengthy. Without limitation to the generality of the above, questions will not be permitted on:
judicial and quasi judicial matters;
individual planning, licensing or grant applications or appeals or any similar decision given by the Council under statute;
a named individual employee of the Council;
party political matters;
matters which are exempt by virtue of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 or any repeal thereof or amendment thereto;
any matter in respect of which a question has already been asked within the previous six months.
4. Each question will be put and answered without discussion but having received the reply a questioner may, subject to the Chair's discretion, ask one supplementary question which must relate to the subject matter of the original question or the answer to it.
5. Any question/statement to be put to a meeting shall be submitted in writing to the Head of Corporate and Customer Services of the Council by no later than 12 noon on the Wednesday before the meeting at which the question/statement is to be put.
6. Questions/statements will be put to the meeting in the order they are received by the Head of Corporate and Customer Services.