Agenda item

Allocation of Committee Places, Appointment of Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen, Scheme of Delegation and Member Champions

To consider a report from the Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) on the allocation of committee places, the Scheme of Delegation and Member Champions, and on the appointments of Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen.  (Nominations received from Group Leaders for Committee Memberships and Committee Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen will be circulated prior to the meeting.)

Minutes:

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, Council gave consideration to the political balance of the Council and to the committees and size of committees for the forthcoming year.  Prior to the commencement of the meeting, Members had been provided with a revised copy of Appendix 2 to the report (Size and Seats to be allocated to Political Groups on Committees), in addition to proposed committee memberships lists as agreed with the Group Leaders.

 

Members had formed into three groups for the purpose of allocating committee places.  The groups and their number of Members were as follows:–

 

Liberal Democrat – 32 Members

 

Conservative – 16 Members

 

Labour – 2 Members

 

In addition there was one independent Member on the Council.

 

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) asked Council to approve the list of the committee allocations, proportional to the Council membership, together with the nominations to each Committee as circulated at the meeting.  Nominations received for Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen to each Committee had also been circulated at the meeting. Nominations to the County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee, taken from the proposed membership of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, had also been included.

 

The Director asked Council to consider whether the concept of the role of Member Champions should continue, no requests for specific positions having been made in recent years.  She also asked Members to approve an amendment to the Human Resources Committee’s Terms of Reference which was attached as Appendix 3 to the report.

 

It was proposed by Councillor Giles Archibald, seconded by Councillor Ben Berry and, subsequently

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the committees and Terms of Reference for those committees, as detailed in Table 2, Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution, with the amendment as detailed in paragraph 3.6 of the report, be approved for the forthcoming municipal year;

 

(2)        the delegation of Council functions and Proper Officer appointments be confirmed as set out in Part 3 of the Council’s Constitution;

 

(3)        the size of the committees and the seats of each committee to political groups be approved and allocated in accordance with the table set out below:-

 

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Independent

Committees (68 places)

43

21

3

1

Audit (7)

4

2

0

1

Human Resources (9)

7

2

0

0

Licensing Regulatory (15)

9

5

1

0

Overview and Scrutiny (12)

8

4

0

0

Planning (18)

11

6

1

0

Standards (7)

4

2

1

0

 

(4)        seats on those committees that are not subject to political balance rules be allocated as set out below:-

 

 

Liberal Democrat

Conservative

Labour

Independent

Committees (31 places)

 

 

 

 

Lake Administration (24 Members in total – 16 District Councillors)

10

5

1

0

Licensing (15)

9

5

1

0

 

(5)        nominations of Councillors to serve on each committee, as circulated at the meeting, be received;

 

(6)        nominations of chairmen and vice-chairman of the committees, as circulated at the meeting, be approved, namely:-

 

Committee

Chairman

Vice-Chairman

Audit

Stephen Coleman

Ian Stewart

Human Resources

Annie Rawlinson

Sylvia Emmott

Licensing/Licensing Regulatory

Sheila Eccles

Gill Gardner

Overview and Scrutiny

Dyan Jones

Phil Walker

Planning

Mary Wilson

Pete McSweeney

Standards

Chris Hogg

Pete McSweeney;

 

(7)        the delegation of executive functions, as confirmed by the Leader, as set out in Part 3(4) of the Council’s Constitution, be noted;

 

(8)        the concept of the role of Member Champions be discontinued; and

 

(9)        Councillor Vivienne Rees be appointed as the Council’s representative, with Councillor Eric Morrell as substitute, to Cumbria County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee for the forthcoming year.

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