Sunday 13 February 2011

Barnet Council deluged with questions for Budget Committee meeting

----- Original Message -----
To : Roger Tichborne
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 2:44 PM
Subject: Your question for the Leader at Cabinet

Dear Mr Tichborne

I am writing in connection with the question(s) you have submitted to be asked of the Leader at the Cabinet Meeting on 14 February 2011. The meeting takes place at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BG and commences at 7.00pm.

The Council’s Constitution provides that

Questions will be dealt with strictly in order of receipt, but a second question submitted by an individual (other than a supplementary question…) will not be dealt with until all first questions submitted from members of the public have been dealt with. Similarly a third question from an individual will not be dealt with until all “second questions” have been dealt with and so on.

The time allowed for questions to the Leader, appropriate Cabinet Member or Chairman shall be limited to 30 minutes or a maximum of 20 questions, whichever occurs first.

The Leader, appropriate Cabinet Member or Chairman shall reply in writing to any questions not dealt with at the meeting within 14 working days from the date of the meeting.

The questioner may ask one supplementary question to the original question. These do not count towards the limit of 20 questions.

Because of the unprecedented number of questions received for this meeting these requirements must come into effect.

Your question was one of the first 20 received and will be answered at the meeting by the Leader provided the 30 minute allowance is not exceeded.

A schedule of all of the questions received and the Leader’s replies will be circulated at the meeting and published on the Council’s website on Monday.

When entering the Committee Room, please identify yourself to a member of the Democratic Services staff who will direct you to your seat. When your question is reached, you will be asked to come to the table. The Leader will not be reading out the question, or her answer, but because of the time constraint will proceed to ask you for any supplemental question you may wish to ask.

Questioners are asked to note that supplemental questions should be phrased as questions rather than as statements or responses. They must relate to the main written question, and in the interests of fairness to the following questioners should be succinct and to the point.

Yours sincerely
Nick Musgrove
Senior Democratic Services Officer, Corporate Governance Directorate
London Borough of Barnet, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
Tel: 020 8359 2024
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