Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee
Tuesday, 8th December, 2015 10.00 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Contact: Phil Garnett 0113 39 51632 

Items
No. Item

19.

Appeals against refusal of inspection of documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an appeal the press and public will be excluded).

 

(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents.

20.

Exempt Information - possible exclusion of the press and public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.

 

2   To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.

 

3   If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-

 

RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals against refusal of inspection of documents.

21.

Late items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration

 

(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)

 

Minutes:

There were no late items submitted for consideration.

22.

Declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary and Other Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any disclosable pecuniary interests for the purposes of Section 31 of the Localism Act 2000 and paragraphs 13-18 of the Members’ Code of Conduct. Also to declare any other significant interests which the Member wishes to declare in the public interest, in accordance with paragraphs 19-20 of the Members’ Code of Conduct.

Minutes:

No declarations were made.

23.

Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence from the meeting.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor S. Golton.

24.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 19th October 2015.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 19th October 2015 be  approved as a correct record.

25.

Changes to the Constitution to enable cross authority monitoring and enforcement of taxi and private hire activity pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To receive a report of the Head of Elections, Licensing and Registration setting out the background to the changes made by the De-Regulation Act 2015 and how they will affect this Authority, particularly issues of general public safety, safeguarding and enforcement capability. On 17th November 2015 the Licensing Committee considered a report from the Section Head Taxi and Private Hire Licensing recommending that taxi and private hire licensing enforcement functions be delegated to the other West Yorkshire authorities, and similarly for this authority to receive their delegated taxi and private hire licensing enforcement functions. The delegation of functions to and receipt of delegated functions from another authority requires changes to the council’s constitution. The General Purposes Committee is asked to recommend to full council approval of the necessary changes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Head of Elections, Licensing and Registration presented his report which set out the background to the changes made by the Deregulation Act 2015 and how they will affect this Authority, particularly issues of general public safety, safeguarding and enforcement capability. The report recommended that taxi and private hire licensing enforcement functions be delegated to the other West Yorkshire authorities, and similarly for this authority to receive their delegated taxi and private hire licensing enforcement functions.

 

The work of the Licensing Committee and Licensing officers in bringing forward the proposals was commended; as was the positive work taking place between all West Yorkshire authorities, York and the Police and Crime Panel on these matters.  It was also acknowledged that this innovative practice was also being considered nationally by the Local Government Association. 

 

RESOLVED – The Committee resolved to recommend to full Council that:

 

(a)  The Taxi and Private Hire enforcement powers as set out in paragraph 3.3 of the submitted report are delegated by Leeds City Council to the following local authorities, namely: City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council; Wakefield Metropolitan District Council; Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council; Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council and City of York Council as well as retaining those functions within Leeds City Council.  To agree to Leeds City Council receiving similar delegated enforcement powers from those named Authorities.

(b)   Changes to the  Constitution as set out at Appendix A and Appendix B of the submitted report be approved;

(c)  The Section Head Taxi and Private Hire Licensing continues enquiries with other councils (including Manchester City Council and Rossendale Borough Council) and if agreement is reached in principle with other councils, for the report to full Council, and the recommended changes to the Constitution, to include reference to those councils; and

(d)  Members note that on recommendation from the Council’s Licensing Committee that any necessary changes to the Council’s Licensing Polices arising from the proposed changes will be approved by the Council’s Executive.