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Asking questions at council meetings

Last Modified April 13, 2018

You can put forward questions to be asked at our Ordinary Full Council meetings.

You must:

  • Send it in writing, either by post or email, to arrive no later than midday, 6 working days before the meeting.
  • Include your name and address and the name of the Executive Members to whom you want to put your question.


A maximum of six members of the public can ask questions at any one meeting.  No more than two questions per person, or organisation, can be asked at any one meeting.

A question will be rejected if:

  • It is about a matter for which we have no responsibility or which does not affect the borough.
  • It is defamatory, frivolous or offensive.
  • It is substantially the same as a question which has been put at a council meeting in the past six months.
  • It requires the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

Rejected questions will include reasons for rejection.

Any related statements submitted with a question will not be included in the meeting agenda.

Questions will normally be asked in the order they were received, but where similar questions are received they will be grouped together.  Each member of the public asking a question at the meeting can ask, from the floor of the chamber, a supplementary question arising directly from their original question or the reply. 

Copies of all questions will be made available to the public attending the meeting.

Unless the Mayor decides otherwise, no discussion will take place on any question but councillors can ask for a matter raised by a question be referred to the Executive, or the appropriate committee or sub-committee. Once seconded, such a motion will be voted on without discussion.

Send your question to Question Time, Democratic Services, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1WA or you can email: democratic.services@hertsmere.gov.uk


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