Public Speaking at Authority Meetings

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire Police Authority

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The request was partially successful.

The June 2008 meeting of Cambridgeshire Police Authority resolved to change the rules for public speaking at meetings of the Authority.

It also resolved: "For the Media and Communications Officer to ensure this that this new process was effectively “advertised” to members of the public, in addition to a notice on the Authority’s web site".

In light of this could you please release:

1. Details of how the changes have been advertised to the public.

2. A link to the notice placed on the Authority's web site.

3. The current, as amended, rules on public speaking at Authority meetings.

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

Background information to this request which I have posted on my own website:
http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/cambridgeshire-...

Report proposing the changes to the speaking rules:
http://www.cambs-pa.gov.uk/user_files/me...

Minutes of the meeting at which the proposed changes were amended and adopted:
http://www.cambs-pa.gov.uk/user_files/me...

Cambridgeshire Police Authority

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Dear Mr Taylor,

I refer to your e mail request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act which I repeat below for ease of reference.

"Copy: E mail FOI request from Mr R Taylor – 23 12 08 (04:41).
([FOI #5149 email])

The June 2008 meeting of Cambridgeshire Police Authority resolved to change
the rules for public speaking at meetings of the Authority.

It also resolved: "For the Media and Communications Officer to ensure this
that this new process was effectively “advertised” to members of the
public, in addition to a notice on the Authority’s web site".

In light of this could you please release:

1. Details of how the changes have been advertised to the public.

2. A link to the notice placed on the Authority's web site.

3. The current, as amended, rules on public speaking at Authority meetings.

Richard Taylor,"

In response to your first point, a press release was issued by the
Authority on 10 July 2008. A copy is attached. In addition all agendas
for Police Authority Committee Meetings, which are public documents, make
it clear that members of the public can ask questions or make statements at
those meetings.

With regard to your second point, this appears to be a suggestion, not a
request for information.

In response to your final point I attach a copy of the updated Standing
Order No. 6 which is an extract copy of that posted on the Authority's web
site.

Yours Sincerely,

RE Toland

(See attached file: Press Release 10 07 08 Public Forum at PA
Meetings .doc)(See attached file: SO 6 (Revised 2008).doc)

Policy and Performance Manager
Cambridgeshire Police Authority
Hinchingbrooke Park
Huntingdon
PE29 6NP
Tel: 01480 425999
Fax: 01480 425748
[mobile number]
Mobex: 7111033

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My request for "A link to the notice placed on the Authority's web site" was not a suggestion but a request for the release of information. As I stated in my original request the June 2008 meeting of Cambridgeshire Police Authority resolved to require the authority's Media and Communications Officer to place a notice on the Authority's website describing the changes to the public speaking rules. My request is an attempt to find out if this officer has acted upon the Police Authority's resolution or not, and if they have to enable me and others to find this notice.

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The notice has now been placed on the Police Authority website, dated the 6th of January 2009.

http://www.cambs-pa.gov.uk/newsDetail.cf...

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Blog post referring to the information in this request:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/improving-the-o...