Members considered the
report of the Head of Finance and Resources which related to the
appointments for the Sub-Committees.
their concern that there was no legal representative present and
requested that Officers ask the Head of Legal Partnership to ensure
that there was a legal presence specialising in governance issues
at future meetings.
Blackmore wished for her dissent to be noted that the legal
representative was not present.
The Chairman advised
that he had obtained legal advice during the week asking whether
the Committee could choose for the Sub-Committees to be politically
balanced or could they have a fixed number of Members from the
Parent Committee that could be called upon to serve on the
Sub-Committees as and when they are required. Legal advice was that this could happen but the
whole Committee would need to vote for it. As there was one Member who had sent their
apologies for today, this would not now be possible.
their concerns about changing what was on the papers without a
legal presence. If it was felt that
changes should be made then these should be taken forward to the
review of the Constitution for next year.
Members were also
unsure why there was a need for substitutes for the Performance
Sub-Committee when the specific requirement was for Group Leaders
to be on this Panel. The Democratic
Services Officer was requested to check with the Head of Legal
Partnership if this particular Panel needed Substitutes.
the Committee appoint to the Sub-Committees as set out in the
revised Appendix A, subject to the Head of Legal Partnership
confirming that the substitutes can be used for the Performance
9Against: 0 Abstentions: 2
Minutes (Part II) of the Meeting held on 10 February 2016