Agenda for Health & Wellbeing Overview & Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday, 24th October, 2012, 10.30am
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Contact: Kath Vlcek Overview & Scrutiny Support Officer
(a) Declaration of Substitutes - Where Councillors are unable to attend a meeting, a substitute Member from the same Political Group may attend, speak and vote in their place for that meeting.
(b) Declarations of Interest – Statements by all Members present of any personal interests in matters on the agenda, outlining the nature of any interest and whether the Members regard the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.
(c) Exclusion of Press and Public - To consider whether, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted, or the nature of the proceedings, the press and public should be excluded from the meeting when any of the following items are under consideration.
NOTE: Any item appearing in Part Two of the Agenda states in its heading the category under which the information disclosed in the report is exempt from disclosure and therefore not available to the public.
A list and description of the exempt categories is available for public inspection at Brighton and Hove Town Halls.
33.1 Cllr Peltzer Dunn attended the meeting as substitute for Cllr Wealls; Cllr Davey attended the meeting as substitute for Cllr Sykes; Cllr Wakefield attended the meeting as substitute for Cllr Bowden.
33B Declarations of Interest
33.2 There were none.
33C Exclusion of Press and Public
33.3 In accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, it was considered whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of any items contained in the agenda, having regard to the nature of the business to be transacted and the nature of the proceedings and the likelihood as to whether, if members of the press and public were present, there would be disclosure to them of confidential or exempt material as defined in section 1001(1) of the said Act.
33.4 RESOLVED –that the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of Item 35.
34.1 The Chair welcomed the attendance of a student from Longhill School accompanying Cllr Cox as part of a work experience programme.
34.2 The Chair expressed his disappointment at it having been deemed necessary to hold a call-in meeting in relation to this issue, noting that such a meeting would probably not have been called had all the members of the Children & Young People Committee (CYP) been in attendance when the issue was originally discussed.
34.3 In response to a query from Cllr Peltzer Dunn, the scrutiny officer, Giles Rossington, told members that the meeting papers had been sent out in an incomplete form to allow members time to read them. Since their despatch two additional items of information had been received: the draft legal implications contained in the call-in report had been signed off by the Council’s lawyer, Andrew Peck; and an extract from the draft minutes of the October 15 CYP meeting had been approved and circulated.
34.4 It was also pointed out that Appendix 2 to the call-in report consisted of the report that should have been presented to the October 15 CYP meeting. This was identical to the report that was erroneously presented, save for there being additional text/information at points 3.8, 3.10, 3.12, 3.13 and 5.3. This additional information was italicised (save for the table at 3.12 which was also additional).
34.5 In response to a query from Cllr Marsh as to why no lawyer was present, Mr Rossington informed members that lawyers were not routinely present at scrutiny meetings, but that scrutiny staff could advise on constitutional matters pertaining to the call-in process. The department whose decision had been called in was responsible for deciding whether their lawyers should attend to answer substantive legal points relating to the decision.
Call-In request regarding a decision made at 16.10.12 Children & Young People Committee: Family Group Conference Review
Report of the Monitoring Officer/Head of Law on the call-in of a 15 October 2012 Children & Young People Committee decision relating to the provision of family group conference services (copy attached)
35.1 As listed in the Part Two minutes.