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Apologies for Absence
An apology was received from Councillor Khursheed
Minutes PDF 144 KB
To approve the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 1 December 2009
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 1 December 2009 be taken as a correct record.
Declarations of Interest
To note any declarations of interest in any matter before the Committee
There were no Declarations of Interest
Confirmation that all items marked Part I will be considered in public and those marked Part II, in private
Review of Work Programme PDF 66 KB
To consider and update the Committeeâ€™s Work Programme
The Work Programme for 2010 / 11 was reviewed and the dates of future meetings noted. It was agreed to add an item reviewing the training and induction of new Members to the meeting on 2 June. A report on the revised Code of Conduct for Members would be brought forward when and if this was issued by Parliament.
RESOLVED: That the work programme, as amended above, be approved.
Standards For England Bulletin PDF 78 KB
To note the latest publication from Standards for England (attached)
The latest edition of â€˜The Bulletinâ€™ was noted and Members discussed in detail the advice it contained concerning â€˜Predispositionâ€™ and â€˜Predeterminationâ€™. It was felt that this would always remain a slightly grey area and one that would be hard to prove in an official complaint. If in doubt, Members were urged to contact the Monitoring Officer to discuss any issues of this sort. It was also noted that there was no system in place at the Council of an initial filtering of complaints by the Monitoring Officer before being submitted to the Assessment Sub-Committee as this was not permitted by the legislation as it currently stood.
Recent Standards Networking Events
To receive an oral update from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman
The Vice-Chairman provided Members with a detailed summary of the recent networking events held in Brent and at the GLA. These continued to be useful events for sharing experiences and gaining knowledge. It was pleasing to note that the processes and practices in use at Hillingdon were seen as being Â exemplary.
Member Training Post May 2010 PDF 58 KB
To note the induction and other training being put in place post elections May 2010
Members noted the arrangements recently approved by the Whipsâ€™ Committee for new Member induction post election and also for general Member training and seminar provision which would now be provided in two, half day sessions with a number of seminars and training events being held concurrently. Members were assured that essential training, on a range of subjects from across the Council would remain the priority.
RESOLVED: That the report be noted.
Standards and Ethics Indicators PDF 135 KB
To note details of the annual indicators designed to monitor the ethical health of the authority.
Members considered the contents of the annual report Â providing summary information on a range of topics by which to gauge the corporate health of the authority in relation to standards and ethics. In welcoming and noting the report Members were concerned that the quality and content of some of the returns was not always consistent and that officers should be reminded of what was expected and required when completing returns such as for declarations of interest at meetings and for declaring interests in contracts.
RESOLVED: That the report be noted and the Head of Democratic Services ensure that the quality and content of the returns was complete and consistent in future.
Declarations of Gifts and Hospitality PDF 80 KB
To note the annual report on declarations (attached)
Members noted the content of the annual report to the Corporate Management Team concerning the declarations of Gifts and Hospitality to officers. In welcoming the report Members were concerned that the returns made were not always complete in describing what action had been taken in relation to the gift or hospitality. In particular three returns from the Education and Childrensâ€™ Services Directorate were queried: