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Standards Committee - 3 July 2009

Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House03rd July 2009

NOTICE AND AGENDA

For a meeting to be held in the Penn Chamber, Three Rivers House, Rickmansworth on Friday, 3 July 2009 at 10am.

Members of the Committee:-

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

Councillors: Tony Barton, Paul Goggins and Ron Spellen.

Parish Councils’ representatives: Parish Councillors John Gell (Sarratt Parish Council) and Michael Morton (Abbots Langley Parish Council).

David Gardner, Director of Corporate Resources and Governance
25 June 2009

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.  Please note that in the event of registering your interest to speak on an agenda item but not taking up that right because the item is deferred, you will automatically be given the right to speak on that item at the next meeting of the Committee.  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 meetings held on 25 March and 9 June 2009 (copies enclosed for Members of the Committee).

09 03 25 ST mins (doc)

09 06 09 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.

OMBUDSMAN’S LETTER

 

Report on the statistics relating to the complaints received by the Commission for Local Administration in England.

09 07 03 ST i - (05) ombudsman's letter (doc)

09 07 03 ST i - (05) ombudsman's letter-app1 (annual review 2009) (pdf)

09 07 03 ST i - (05) ombudsman's letter-app2 (statistics 2009) (pdf)

6.

INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF STANDARDS COMPLAINTS ASSESSMENT AND REVIEW CRITERIA

 

This paper sets out the criteria which the Assessment Sub-Committee will apply in conducting the initial assessment of allegations of failure by members to observe the Code of Conduct.

09 07 03 ST i - (06) initial assessment of standards complaints (doc)

7.

MONITORING OFFICER PROTOCOL

 

Instructions to the Monitoring Officer on the discharge of functions in relation to the initial assessment and review of allegation that a member of the Authority has failed to comply with the Code of Conduct.

09 07 03 ST i - (07) monitoring officer protocol (doc)

8.

STANDARDS BOARD INTERVENTION, JOINT STANDARDS COMMITTEES AND DISPENSATIONS

 

The “New Standards Committee (Further Provisions) (England) Regulations 2009” (SI 2009/1255), in force from 15 June 2009, make provision for the Standards Board for England to suspend the functions of a local Standards Committee where the Committee is failing to perform its functions satisfactorily and either to discharge the functions itself or to arrange for another authority’s Standards Committee to discharge them.  The regulations also give authorities a power to establish Joint Standards Committees and extend the power of Standards Committees to give members dispensations where they would otherwise be prohibited from participating on a matter because of a prejudicial interest.

09 07 03 ST i - (08) stds board intervention - joint stds cttees and dispensations (doc)

09 07 03 ST i - (08) stds board intervention - joint stds cttees and dispensations-app (pdf)

9.

APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT MEMBERS TO THE COUNCIL’S STANDARDS COMMITTEE

 

To approve the appointment of seven Independent members on the Council’s Standards Committee.

09 07 03 ST i - (09) appt of independent members to stds cttee (doc)

10.

STANDARDS BOARD FOR ENGLAND - BULLETIN 43

 

To note the Standards Board for England’s Bulletin 43.

09 07 03 ST i - (10) stds board for england - bulletin 43 (pdf)

11.

WORK PROGRAMME

 

To agree the Committee’s work programme.

09 07 03 ST i - (11) work prog (doc)

12.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3.

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 of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined under Paragraphs 1 to 7 of Part I of Schedule 12A to the Act. It has been decided by the Council that in all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.”


 

(Note: If other confidential business is approved under item 3, it will also be necessary to specify the class of exempt or confidential information in the additional items).

1.

OTHER BUSINESS - if approved under item 3.