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Your right to question the council

Local people have a right to ask questions of leading Councillors at full Council meetings. This right is part of the modernised system for council decision-making which includes a Cabinet of Councillors with a wide range of powers. The aim is to help the public to question them on their actions.

Ask a question at a council meeting

Do you want the opportunity to question leading Councillors and influence the decision-makers?

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the Borough has the right to question the Leader of the Council or any Member of the Cabinet.

Who can ask a question?

Anybody who lives in Hillingdon or whose main place of work or study is in the Borough may ask a question.

Who can be questioned?

Questions may be put to the Leader of the Council or any member of the Cabinet. Details of who is responsible for what function are available from Democratic Services staff will be pleased to answer any queries you may have.

Can questions be asked on any subject?

Yes - as long as it is about a matter for which the Council has responsibility or affects the Borough.

However, the question will not be allowed if it is defamatory, frivolous or offensive or if it requires the disclosure of private or confidential information.

How do I submit a question?

All questions must be put in writing to Democratic Services

A contact name and address must be given with a telephone or email address in case of query. You may only submit one question to each meeting and no more than two questions can be asked on behalf of one organisation.

There is a time limit of 30 minutes for public questions at each council meeting. Any question that is the same as one asked in the last six months will be ruled out.

We will confirm that we have received your question and send you details of what happens before, during and following the meeting.

Democratic Services can provide advice if you need help in framing your question or you are not sure who is the right person to put it to.

Is there a deadline for the submission of questions?

Yes, all questions must be received by the Head of Democratic Services no later than noon, 7 working days before the day of the council meeting to enable time for research so that full answers can be given. You can find out when the next Council meeting here.

Is there a limit on the number of questions?

Yes - nobody may submit more than one question at any one meeting and no more than 2 questions may be asked on behalf of one organisation. There is a time limit of 30 minutes for questions at each council meeting.

Any question that was the same as one asked in the last 6 months would be ruled out.

Do I have to attend the council meeting to ensure my question is asked?

No - if you are unable to attend you can request that the Mayor ask the question on your behalf.

Can I speak at the council meeting?

Yes - if you attend you may put your question in person. You cannot speak otherwise or comment.

Will the questions and answers be dealt with in public?

Yes - all questions will be placed in a register open to public inspection. Each question will be asked and an answer given in public at the council meeting.

Any rejected questions will also be included in the register with the reason for rejection.

What happens if my question in not answered within the time limit?

Any question that is not answered within the 30 minute time limit will receive a written reply within 5 working days of the meeting.

What happens after my question has been asked?

There will be no discussion after a question has been answered but a Councillor can propose that the issue is referred to the Cabinet or a relevant committee for further consideration. A vote would be taken on such a proposal without debate.

What happens if my question is not reached?

Any question that is not reached within the 30 minute time limit will receive a written reply within 5 working days of the meeting.

How do I get more information?

Democratic Services staff will be pleased to answer any queries you may have.

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