Petitioning senior officers to give evidence

If your petition has at least 750 signatures, you can ask for a senior council officer to give evidence at a public meeting about something they are responsible for. You can ask us to explain:

  • the progress we have made
  • the advice we gave to councillors

Deciding which officer gives evidence

You can request which officer you would like to give evidence.

Article 12 of our constitution lists senior staff that can be called to give evidence.

We may decide that it is more appropriate for another officer to give evidence. For example, if the officer named in your petition has changed jobs. The committee may also decide to call the relevant cabinet member to attend the meeting.

At the meeting

Our overview and scrutiny committee members will ask the questions at the meeting. You can suggest questions to the committee's chair, by contacting us up to 3 working days before the meeting.

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