Part 4 - Scrutiny procedure rules
Below are the scrutiny procedure rules.
- 1 - what will be the number and arrangements for scrutiny committees?
- 2 - Co-ordination
- 3 - Membership
- 4 - Casual vacancies
- 5 - Co-optees and voting rights scheme
- 6 - Education representatives
- 7 - Chair and Vice-Chair of scrutiny committees
- 8 - Meetings of Scrutiny Committees
- 9 - Extraordinary meetings of Scrutiny Committees
- 10 - Quorum
- 11 - Work programmes
- 12 - Agenda items
- 13 - Councillor call for action
- 14 - Policy review and development
- 15 - Reports from the Scrutiny Committees
- 16 - Members and Officers giving account
- 17 - Attendance by others
- 18 - Call-in and review of scrutiny decisions
- 19 - Procedure at Scrutiny Committee meetings
- 20 - Scrutiny task groups
16.1 Any Scrutiny Committee may scrutinise and review decisions made or actions taken in connection with the discharge of any Council function within the area of its terms of reference. As well as reviewing documentation, in fulfilling its scrutiny role, it may require any Member of the Cabinet, the Chief Executive or any Officer to attend before it to explain in relation to matters within its remit:
- Any particular decision or series of decisions;
- The extent to which the actions taken implement Council policy; or
- Their performance;
and it is the duty of those persons to attend if so required.
16.2 Where any Member or Officer is required to attend a Scrutiny Committee under this provision, the Chair will inform the Chief Executive who shall, in turn, inform the Member or Officer in writing giving, where practical, fifteen days notice of the meeting. The notice to the Member / Officer will state the nature of the item on which they are required to attend to give account and whether any papers are required for production for the Committee. Where it is necessary to produce a report then the Member or Officer concerned will be given sufficient time to allow preparation of that report.
16.3 Where, in exceptional circumstances, the Member or Officer is unable to attend on the required date then an alternative date for attendance may be arranged following consultation with the Chair of the relevant Scrutiny Committee.
16.4 A Scrutiny Committee may not scrutinise a decision of an Officer acting under delegated powers, unless the decision is a key decision.