Criteria for Public Question Time

By on 08/11/2012 in Meetings/Minutes, News

In accordance with Standing Orders, each member of the public is permitted to ask one oral question per council meeting which must be notified in writing no later than noon on the Friday preceding the meeting.

Each question must be delivered at the meeting exactly as submitted. No supplementary questions are allowed.

The criteria for questions:

  • No question will exceed 1 minute and no answer will exceed 2 minutes.
  • The question must refer to an issue which affects Birmingham or falls within the Council's responsibilities.
  • The question must not be substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past 6 months.
  • The question must not be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive.
  • The question must not require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.
  • The question must not refer to individual planning or licensing matters, or any matter of a personal nature.

Questions should be emailed to:

Or posted to: The Council Team, Room B19, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB.

You are requested to provide a contact telephone number when you submit a question.

Once your question has been approved, you will be contacted to make arrangements for you to attend a Council meeting to put the question.

Public questions can be asked at the following full city council meetings:

  • 4 December 2012
  • 8 January 2013
  • 5 February 2013
  • 9 April 2013

Leader of Birmingham City Council Sir Albert Bore is keen to encourage as many people as possible to submit questions - via email or post.

He said: “With my new leadership comes a new style of engagement and participation with the residents of Birmingham. I want people to be involved with us in governing their city and I want to hear questions about the city council and the services we provide, and we will do our best to answer them.”

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