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Apologies for absence were received from County Councillors C Grunshaw and P Malpas.


County Councillor K Iddon replaced County Councillor P Malpas for the meeting.



Disclosure of Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests

Members are asked to consider any Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Interests they may have to disclose to the meeting in relation to matters under consideration on the Agenda.





Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

The Committee is asked to confirm the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 January 2012 as a true and correct record.


Resolved:  That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 17 January 2012 be confirmed and signed by the Chair.



Membership of the Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 60 KB


It was reported that the Scrutiny Committee in July 2012 had received a report of the Arts Development Funding Joint Task Group established to examine the state of arts in pan Lancashire.  The Committee approved the Task Group's report and its recommendations with some amendments.


The final approved report of the Task Group was then referred to the appropriate Cabinet Member, County Councillor Mike Calvert, to formally respond to the recommendations of the Task Group.  The report was also issued by the County Council to all witnesses and partners involved in the Task Group's work.


It had subsequently come to light that the Chairman of the Task Group, County Councillor Kevin Ellard, had issued to the same organisations and individuals an unauthorised version of the report.  A number of those who had received both versions of the document had contacted the County Council expressing their confusion. 


In considering what action to take on the matter the Committee noted that the Labour Group had removed County Councillor Ellard from the membership of the Scrutiny Committee until the end of the municipal year.


Resolved:  That the Committee note that County Councillor K Ellard has been removed from the membership of the Scrutiny Committee by the Labour Group until the end of the municipal year and agree that in those circumstances no further action need therefore to be taken.


Urgent Business

An item of urgent business may only be considered under this heading where, by reason of special circumstances to be recorded in the Minutes, the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.  Wherever possible, the Chief Executive should be given advance warning of any Member’s intention to raise a matter under this heading.