Guide: A Guide to Committee Meetings

Part 5

Who attends meetings

Obviously, members of the Committee – whose names are listed on the bottom of the agenda – but who else?

There will also normally be a number of Officers from the relevant service areas whose function it is to advise the Committee. Normally there would be at least one representative from the relevant service for the matter under discussion and possibly the County Solicitor (to advise on any legal queries). In addition the Democratic Services Officer will be present to record decisions of the Committee and to advise on matters of procedure and to assist anyone else who attends.

Members normally sit together in their political groups. Seats are normally available at the back of the room for members of the press and the public. Copies of the agenda are also available from the Democratic Services and Scrutiny Secretariat and will be available at the meeting.