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Standards Committee - 13 February 2008

Dickinson Room, Three Rivers House13th February 2008

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 at 10.00am.

Members of the Committee:-

Independent Members: Valerie Kleanthous (Chairman), Malcolm Sniders (Vice-Chairman), Michael Baker, Nigel Gates and Brian Sainsbury.

Councillors: Tony Barton, Paul Goggins and Ron Spellen.

Parish Council’s representative: Parish Councillor John Gell (Sarratt Parish Council)

Steven Halls, Chief Executive
5 February 2008

The Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public to its discussion on agenda items.  Contributions will be limited to one person speaking for and one against each item for not more than three minutes.  Details of the procedure and the list for registering the wish to speak will be available for a short period before the meeting.

1.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

2.

MINUTES

 

To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 10 October 2007 (copy enclosed for Members of the Committee).

07 10 10 ST mins (doc)

3.

NOTICE OF OTHER BUSINESS

 

Items of other business notified under Council Procedure Rule 31 to be announced, together with the special circumstances, which justify their consideration as a matter of urgency.  The Chairman to rule on the admission of such items.

4.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

 

To receive any declarations of interest.

5.

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF STANDARDS COMMITTEES

 

To receive the Chairman’s report.

08 02 13 ST i - (05) sixth annual assembly (doc)

6.

TRAINING – LOCAL FILTERING OF COMPLAINTS

 

To note:

(i)  that Officers attended a joint training event at Dacorum Borough Council on 7 November 2007;

(ii) that training has been arranged for Members on 27 March 2008.  Members are asked to confirm their availability for this training.

7.

ORDERS AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF LOCAL AUTHORITY MEMBERS IN ENGLAND - CONSULTATION

 

(i) To request feedback from Members on the consultation document, for transmission to the Department for Communities and Local Government by 15 February 2008.

Note: Members of the Committee were sent the document on 9 January 2008.

8.

REMUNERATION FOR INDEPENDENT MEMBERS

 

To note that the Independent Members’ Remuneration Panel on 28 January 2008 recommended to Council on 19 February that the remuneration for Independent Members of the Standards Committee be set at £139 per annum and for the Independent Chairman at £416 per annum.

   

9.

PUBLICITY FOR THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

To note that a feature on the work of the Standards Committee is in preparation for publication in the Spring 2008 issue of Three Rivers Times.

10.

STANDARDS BOARD FOR ENGLAND - NEWLETTER 36

 

To note the content of this Newsletter.

08 01 23 ST i - (10) the bulletin - 36 (pdf)

11.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

To agree the Committee’s work programme.

08 02 13 ST i - (11) work prog (doc)

12.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3 above

13.

EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC

 

If any confidential business is approved under Item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional item(s) and a resolution to be passed in the following terms:-

 

“that under 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 involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under the respective paragraphs of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act.”

1.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3 above.