Tweeting, blogging and filming in Council meetings

Aled Griffiths made this Freedom of Information request to Merthyr Tydfil Council

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Aled Griffiths

Dear Merthyr Tydfil Council,

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, please provide copies of
all:
A) standing orders
B) policies
C) discussions (emails / memos)

relating to the following:

1) filming of council meetings
2) tweeting at council meetings
3) blogging of council meetings

In respect of this request, "council meeting" shall refer to
meetings of the full council, cabinet & committee meetings where
members of the public are permitted to attend. It shall not include
any meetings (or part of) where the public are not permitted to
attend (e.g. closed sessions.)

If answers to part of this request are already published in a
public place, please provide links to the location where they can
be accessed online by persons not residing within Merthyr Tydfil Council.

If some parts of this request are easier to answer than others,
please provide the easiest parts first rather than hold up the
entire request.

I would prefer to receive your response in electronic format.

If you decide to withhold some of the information requested using
exemptions in the FOIA, please inform me which exemptions you have
used.

If you need clarification of any of the points in this request,
please contact me via email.

Yours faithfully,

Aled Griffiths

FOI \(Freedom of Information\), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Dear Sirs

RE: Freedom Of Information Act 2000 - INFORMATION Request

We acknowledge your request for information about tweeting, blogging and
filming council meetings received by the Freedom of Information Officer on
20 June 2011.

We are considering your request and you should receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, unless the
information is exempt or we require additional time to consider whether
disclosure is in the public interest in accordance with Section 2 of the
Freedom of Information Act.

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Information Commissioner's Office (Wales)

Cambrian Buildings

Mount Stuart Square

Cardiff

CF10 5FL

Tel: 029 2044 8044

Fax: 029 2044 8045

Email: [1][email address]

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Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information Officer

for LEGAL & DEMOCRATIC SERVICES MANAGER

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Teleffon\Telephone: 01685 725000

http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

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FOI \(Freedom of Information\), Merthyr Tydfil Council

Dear Sirs

RE: Freedom Of Information Act 2000 - INFORMATION Request

We have considered your request and enclose the following information:

MTCBC does not have any standing orders, policies or discussions relating
to filming of council meetings, tweeting at council meetings and blogging
of council meetings. We do however have a section within our constitution,
Part 4 - Rules of Procedure 4.01.24, which relates to this matter. Please
see the excerpt below:

4.01.24 OTHER GENERAL MATTERS

Councillors are required to ensure that they do not eat or smoke at any
meeting. Additionally Councillors are required to ensure that they
switch-off any mobile phones or any other form of communication (unless
required for work call-out or personal emergencies) and additionally that
they ensure that no unofficial recording of any of the proceedings will be
undertaken.

We supply this based on your original request. If this is not what you
wanted or if you feel we have not fully understood your request please do
not hesitate to contact me to clarify your exact requirements.

If you have any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied with
the handling of your request please contact me on 01685 725329.

You can find out more about the Act from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office (Wales)

Cambrian Buildings

Mount Stuart Square

Cardiff

CF10 5FL

Tel: 029 2044 8044

Fax: 029 2044 8045

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.ico.gov.uk/eventual.aspx?id+33

Yours faithfully

Freedom of Information Officer
for LEGAL AND DEMOCRATIC SERVICE MANAGER

This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. The contents of this e-mail represent the views of the individual(s) named above and do not necessarily represent the views of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Mae'r e-bost hwn ac unrhyw ffeiliau a drosglwyddir gydag ef yn gyfrinachol ac wedi'u bwriadu ar gyfer pwy bynnag y cyfeirir ef ato neu atynt. Mae cynnwys yr e-bost hwn cynrychioli barn y sawl a enwir uchod, felly nid ydyw'n dilyn ei fod yn cynrychioli barn Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful.

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful
Canolfan Dinesig
Stryd Y Castell
Merthyr Tudful
CF47 8AN

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
Civic Centre
Castle Street
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8AN

Teleffon\Telephone: 01685 725000

http://www.merthyr.gov.uk

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