Councillors and Freemasonry

david lamyman made this Freedom of Information request to Boston Borough Council

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Dear Boston Borough Council,

Is it a requirement for councillors to state whether or not
they are members of the Freemasons?

Is this a requirement on their declaration of interest form?

If so, has Council Leader Peter Bedford declared himself as a member of a Masonic Lodge?

If so, did he declare any interest, pecuniary or otherwise when meetings were held regarding the Sale of the Assembly rooms?

Yours faithfully,
David Lamyman

FOI, Boston Borough Council

Good Afternoon

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, dated the 26th November 2012.

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Many thanks

Alex Fisher
Business Support Assistant
Boston Borough Council

Telephone 01205 314401
Fax 01205 314405
www.boston.gov.uk

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FOI, Boston Borough Council

Good Afternoon

Thank you for your request for information dated the 26th November 2012, our response is as follows:

Under the Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regulations 2012, Councillors are not required to disclose their membership of any organisation or declare any such membership on their register on interests form.

The Disclosable Pecuniary Interest registration forms of all Members can be viewed on the Council's website http://www.boston.gov.uk/index.aspx?arti...

The Leader of the Council did not declare any interests in relation to the sale of the Assembly Rooms.

I trust that the information above completes your request in full, however if I can be of any further assistance, please contact me. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the Council’s decision, you should contact Miss Cherilyn Black, Head of Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services on 01205 314410 or by email at [email address]

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

The Information Commissioner's Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Kind regards

Alex Fisher
Business Support Assistant
Boston Borough Council

Telephone 01205 314401
Fax 01205 314405
www.boston.gov.uk

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