Standing Order No 228 - Members' opinions to be reflected
Standing Order No. 228
Members' opinions to be reflected
(1) The report of a committee is, as far as practicable, to reflect a unanimity of opinion within a committee.
(2) It is the responsibility of a committee Chair and all members of a committee to seek to achieve unanimity of opinion.
(3) Where unanimity is not practicable, a committee’s report should be prepared so as to reflect the views of all members of the committee.
(4) Where unanimity is not practicable, any member may append to the report a brief statement of dissent, provided that:
(a) the member has sought to have their opinions included in the report agreed to by the committee,
(b) the statement of dissent is relevant to the committee’s report and the terms of reference of the inquiry,
(c) the statement does not contain any matter which would unreasonably adversely affect or injure a person, or unreasonably invade a person’s privacy,
(d) the statement of dissent is signed by the member or members making it,
(e) the statement of dissent is no more than 1,000 words in length.
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