London Fire Brigade

Getting your voice heard

The Authority welcomes views from community and business groups as this helps to inform what we do. Please write to:

Ed Williams
Clerk to the Authority
169 Union Street
London, SE1 0LL

Asking questions

This information explains how you can submit and ask questions at meetings of the Authority.

Who can ask questions at Authority meetings?

Any member of the public can ask a question of the Chairman at ordinary meetings of the Authority.

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How much notice is needed to submit or ask a question?

A question must be submitted in writing (or by email) no later than 2.30 pm. six clear working days in advance (for example, Tuesday for a meeting on the Thursday of the following week). You must also give your name and address. The question should be sent or emailed to the Clerk to the Authority, at the address above.

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Are the questions asked in any specific order?

Questions are asked in the order in which their notice was received (please note that the Chairman may group together similar questions).

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How many questions can you submit?

You can submit one question at any given Authority meeting.

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What type of questions can be rejected?

A question can be rejected if it:

  • Is not about a matter for which the Authority has responsibility.

  • Is defamatory, frivolous or offensive.

  • Is substantially the same as a question which has been asked at a meeting of the Authority in the past six months.

  • Requires the disclosure of confidential, financial or personal information.

  • Relates either to the employment of an individual, or to ongoing litigation.

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How will I know if my question is rejected?

If a question is rejected, you will be sent written advice, including the reasons for the rejection.

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What is the protocol for asking the question at the meeting?

Copies of all valid questions and the Chairman’s reply will be circulated to Members one hour before the meeting and will be made available to the public attending the meeting. If a questioner is unable to attend the meeting, the written reply will be sent to them.

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What is the position on asking supplementary questions?

You are entitled to ask two supplementary question.

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What happens if the question needs to be referred to a Committee?

Unless the Chairman decides otherwise, no discussion will take place on any question, but any Member can move that a matter raised by a question be referred to the appropriate committee. Once seconded, such a motion will be voted on without discussion.

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What is the time limit for public questions and answers?

A total time limit of 20 minutes is allowed for public questions, answers and supplementary questions. A supplementary question being answered at the time limit, will be completed.

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