Agenda and minutes

Standards Committee
Thursday, 25th July 2013 10.00 a.m.

Venue: Lancaster Town Hall

Contact: Peter Baines, Democratic Services - telephone 01524 582074 or email  pbaines@lancaster.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

8.

Minutes

Minutes of meeting held on insert , 2013 (previously circulated). 

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as a correct record.

9.

Items of Urgent Business authorised by the Chairman

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

10.

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by members of interests in respect of items on this agenda. 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the council’s register of interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the register or at the meeting). 

Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with council procedure rule 10 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, members should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the register, at this point in the meeting. 

In accordance with part B section 2 of the code of conduct, members are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the code of conduct. 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

11.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The committee is recommended to pass the following recommendations in relation to the following item:

 

“That, in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business, on the grounds that it could involve the possible disclosure of exempt information, as defined in paragraphs 1 and 2 of schedule 12A of that act.”

 

Members are reminded that, whilst the following item have been marked as exempt, it is for the committee itself to decide whether or not to consider each of them in private or in public. In making the decision, members should consider the relevant paragraph of schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, and also whether the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.  In considering their discretion members should also be mindful of the advice of council officers. 

 

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That in accordance with section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they could involve the possible disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1 of schedule 12A.

 

12.

Complaint 8/13

Information about this item will be sent to members under separate cover.

Minutes:

The Monitoring Officer introduced an exempt report about a code of conduct complaint and gave the views of the Independent Person, having discussed it with him and the Chairman in accordance with the arrangements for dealing with such an allegation.

 

The Committee was requested to determine whether or not any further action should be taken on the complaint.

 

In the course of the discussions, Members indicated that they agreed with the advice of the Independent Person as set out in the exempt report, and felt that it was not appropriate for any further action to be taken with regard to the complaint.

 

Resolved:

 

(1)        That no further action be taken with regard to Complaint 8/13, and that the Monitoring Officer, in consultation with the Chairman, be requested to write to the Councillor concerned and to the complainant setting out the Committee’s decision.