Petitions to the council

Asking senior council officers to give evidence

Your petition may ask for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting about something that the officer is responsible for. For example, your petition may ask a senior council officer to explain progress on an issue, or to explain the advice given to elected members to enable them to make a particular decision.

If your petition contains 1, 000 signatures or more, the relevant senior officer will give evidence at a public meeting of the council's overview and scrutiny committee.

See council directors for a list of the senior staff who can be called to give evidence. The overview and scrutiny committee may decide that it would be more appropriate for another officer to give evidence instead of any officer named in the petition.

Committee members will ask the questions at this meeting, but you will be able to suggest questions to the chair of the committee by contacting the Head of Committee Services.

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