Council is asked to receive the Executive Reports from the Leader and Cabinet and to deal with any questions raised by Members to the appropriate Cabinet Members on the contents of the reports.
To receive announcements from the Leader and, in accordance with Paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, to deal with any questions to the Leader and/or Portfolio Holders on any topic which is within the jurisdiction or influence of the Council and is relevant to their Portfolio. Any Member who poses a question will be entitled to ask one supplementary question on the same topic.
Members are encouraged to give 24 hours’ written notice of questions to the Monitoring Officer of questions to be raised under the Agenda Item. If no notice is received, then the Portfolio Holder can reserve the right to give a written answer. Where written notice of questions has been given, these will be taken first. Should a Member wish to ask more than one question, questions should be listed in order of priority. If more than one Member sends in a question, these will be taken in alphabetical order of Members’ names, alternated from meeting to meeting. Each question and each response is restricted to three minutes.
The Chairman suggested that, on this occasion, written responses be provided to those written questions which had been received in accordance with paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure, copies of which had been distributed to Members present at the start of the meeting.
Although a desire to pursue verbal responses was raised, the majority of Members felt the suggestion of written responses to be a sensible approach on the condition of timely distribution of the responses. The Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer) undertook to ensure that the written responses to written questions were circulated to all Members and published, together with the questions, on the Council’s Website within 24 hours of the meeting.
Councillor David Webster further sought information on progress on the Ulverston Leisure Scheme and sought confirmation that the Leisure Centre in Ulverston would not be put on the back burner due to the transition to a Unitary Authority.
Councillor Tom Harvey proposed, was seconded by Councillor Andrew Jarvis, and it was unanimously
RESOLVED – That on this occasion, approval be given for written responses to those written questions received in accordance with paragraphs 10.2 and 10.3 of the Council’s Rules of Procedure to be circulated to all Members and published on the Council’s Website within 24 hours of the meeting.