Questions to Council

The rules for submitting a question to a Council meeting are as follows:

(1) At any ordinary meeting of the Council, a member of the public may ask a question which is relevant to some matter in relation to which the Authority has functions, or which affects the area of the Authority or part of it, or the inhabitants of that area or some of them.

(2) Questions must be submitted in writing to the Chief Executive 8 working days before the meeting. They should be addressed to The Committee Team, Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth WD3 1RL or they can be e-mailed to

(3) The Council Chair will determine which questions are to be accepted for answers at Council and which will be dealt with in other ways following consultation with the Leader, and relevant Lead Member. The Chief Executive will notify intending questioners whether or not their question has been selected. All questions will be included on the agenda for Council along with the written response. The agenda will also indicate how questions not being dealt with at Council will be progressed.

(4) A maximum of five questions will be allowed at each meeting. Only one question can be asked by each member of the public. Questioners may put their question themselves or ask that it be read out by the Chair. With the Chair's permission, the questioner may ask a supplementary question about the answer.

(5) Answers will be given by the Leader or by the Lead Member or by a Member nominated by the Leader/relevant Committee Chairs if that Member agrees. An answer may be:-

(a) an oral answer lasting no more than three minutes; or

(b) where the desired information is contained in a publication of the Council, a reference to that publication; or

(c) where the information required can more conveniently be given in writing, a written answer; or

(d) a combination of the above.

(6) Except in extraordinary circumstances notified to the Chair of Council prior to the meeting, other members of the public may not ask supplementary questions.