Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses (Questions 280 - 284)

TUESDAY 29 JUNE 1999

MR ALAN TAYLOR, DR CLIVE GRACE, MR MICHAEL GREENWOOD, MR GEORGE KRAWIEC AND MR MICHAEL PITT

Lord Bassam of Brighton

  280. —or should they be separated out?

  (Mr Taylor) I would not use the word "additional". There may be reincarnation about to go on.

Mr Burstow

  281. This is containable within their limits, that is what I am saying.

  (Mr Greenwood) We do have auditors now. One could envisage certain types of auditors doing that sort of job. Or there may be other people in the organisation who can manage this part of a single system. Those are tensions of a kind which exist now. There will be new ones but they will not be such as to disturb the basic format or structure that we are proposing for the management council.

Chairman

  282. May I ask you one question. A list of the things you set out in your paper: implications for the role of the chief executive. You have put forward various points for consideration. There is one which, in a sense, describes a scenario I do not recognise. That is, that the chief executive should be able to attend any meetings of the council and should have access to all documentation. If there is a need to know issues in relation to, say, confidential information, the monitoring officer should arbitrate. What horror do you envisage? In my experience the chief executive is party and has access to everything, except perhaps party political documents.

  (Mr Krawiec) We say that should remain.
  (Mr Greenwood) It could perhaps be a case related to an individual chairman, an individual recipient of a service, that kind of thing. We are just covering everything really.

  283. You are not anticipating the mayor trying to exclude you from certain meetings?

  (Mr Greenwood) Indeed not.
  (Mr Krawiec) If he wished to try he should not be allowed do.
  (Mr Taylor) We must be included.

  284. Thank you very much indeed. Thank you for coming.

  (Mr Taylor) Thank you Chairman.





 
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