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GOVERNMENT POLICY ON GRANTING VOTING DISPENSATION (HANSARD)

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Environment minister Paul Beresford has declined to give dispensation to two Pendle BC members who asked to be allo...
Environment minister Paul Beresford has declined to give dispensation to two Pendle BC members who asked to be allowed to vote, despite having a pecuniary interest, on the sale of Burnley and Pendle transport.

Sir Paul said yesterday in answer to a written question (WA 9 Jan col 8) that applications from cllrs Ian Gilhespy and Gill Gilhespy were declined, 'having regard to our policy of granting dispensations only in cases where either at least half of the council or committee concerned would be otherwise disabled by pecuniary interests or where such disabilities would otherwise upset the elected party balanced in the relevant council or committee.'

He said that the secretary of state for transport has granted an application for cllr John David to vote at meetings of the authority's policy committee, but not at the full council, 'having regard to his policy on councillor/directors of local authority-owned bus companies.'
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