Standards (Initial Assessment) Sub-Committee Minutes

Standards (Initial Assessment) Sub-Committee Minutes

Date:
Wednesday 2 May 2012
Time:
11:00 a.m.
Place:
Stainsby Room, Town Hall, Middlesbrough
 

Attendance Details

Present:
Davison and Taylor
C J Nestor (Chair)
Officers:
M Braithwaite and R G Long.
Declarations of interest:

No declarations were made at this point in the meeting.

Item Number Item/Resolution
PUBLIC
11/992 MINUTES OF STANDARDS (INITIAL ASSESSMENT) SUB-COMMITTEE HELD ON 1 MARCH 2012

The minutes of the meeting of the Standards (Initial Assessment) Sub-Committee held on 1 March 2012 were taken as read and approved as a correct record.

11/993 EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC.

ORDERED that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the whole of the business on the grounds that it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 7 (c) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

EXEMPT
11/994 CODE OF CONDUCT COMPLAINT - MSC003/2012

The Sub-Committee considered a report of the Monitoring Officer in respect of an allegation relating to case reference number MSC003/2012, alleging that a Member had breached the Council’s Code of Conduct. A copy of the complaint had been circulated.

 

The Sub-Committee had been advised that they were required to consider the following initial tests: -

 

a) was the complaint against one or more named members of an authority for which the Standards Committee had responsibility,

 

b) at the time of the alleged conduct, was the named member in office and the Code of Conduct in force.

 

As the Sub-Committee determined that both of the above tests applied in this case, Members were required to determine whether the complaint, if proven, would constitute a breach of the Council’s Code of Conduct operating at the time of the alleged misconduct.

 

Members were of the opinion that the allegation did not constitute a breach of the Code of Conduct.

 

ORDERED that having given full consideration to the information presented it was determined that no action be taken in respect of the complaint.

 

Reasons

 

Members felt that as the incidents referred to were of a personal nature and were carried out in a private capacity the allegations did not constitute a breach of the Code of Conduct.
 

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