Extract from Standing Orders regarding members of the public speaking at meetings.
|3.e Members of the public may make representations, answer questions and give evidence at a meeting which they are entitled to attend in respect of the business on the agenda.|
|3.f The period of time designated for public participation at a meeting in accordance with standing order 3(e) shall not exceed thirty minutes unless directed by the chairman of the meeting.|
|3.g Subject to standing order 3(f), a member of the public shall not speak for more than three (3) minutes. This period may be extended at the sole discretion of the chairman of the meeting by a further two minutes.|
|3.h In accordance with standing order 3(e), a question shall not require a response at the meeting nor start a debate on the question. The chairman of the meeting may direct that a written or oral response be given.|
|3.i A person shall raise his hand when requesting to speak and stand when speaking (except when a person has a disability or is likely to suffer discomfort). The chairman of the meeting may at any time permit a person to be seated when speaking.|
|3.j A person who speaks at a meeting shall direct his comments to the chairman of the meeting.|
|3.k Only one person is permitted to speak at a time. If more than one person wants to speak, the chairman of the meeting shall direct the order of speaking.|