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The Chief Commoner welcomed the new Alderman for the Ward of Tower, Nicholas Stephen Leland Lyons, to his first meeting of the Court of Common Council. Alderman Lyons was heard in reply.

 

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

The apologies of those Members unable to attend this meeting of the Court were noted.

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2.

Declarations by Members under the Code of Conduct in respect of any items on the agenda

Minutes:

There were none.

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3.

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To agree the minutes of the meeting of the Court of Common Council held on 20 July 2017.

 

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Minutes:

Resolved – That the Minutes of the last Court are correctly recorded.

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4.

Resolutions on Retirements, Congratulatory Resolutions, Memorials.

Minutes:

There were no resolutions.

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5.

Mayoral Visits

The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor to report on his recent overseas visits.

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Minutes:

There was no report.

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6.

Policy Statement

To receive a statement from the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee.

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Minutes:

There was no statement.

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7.

Docquets for the Hospital Seal.

Minutes:

There were no docquets to be sealed.

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8.

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To consider a circulated list of applications for the Freedom of the City.

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Minutes:

The Chamberlain, in pursuance of the Order of this Court, presented a list of the under-mentioned, persons who had made applications to be admitted to the Freedom of the City by Redemption:-

 

Ian Robert Edward Shaw

an Organist

Sudbury, Middlesex

Simon Walsh

Citizen and Glover

 

Alexander Bain-Stewart

Citizen and Gold & Silver Wyre Drawer

 

 

Bruce Michael Josyfon

a Diamond Merchant

East Finchley, London

Duncan Stephen Gee

Citizen and Glazier

 

Judith Donovan

Citizen and Woolmen

 

 

Caroline Elizabeth Nurse

an Accountant

Westminster, London

Simon Jonathan Mark Burrows

Citizen and Framework Knitter

 

Lt. Col. Nicholas Henry Turner

 

Citizen and Framework Knitter

 

Robert Barclay Cook

a Health Company Managing Director

Lesbury, Northumberland

Philippe Roland Rossiter

Citizen and Innholder

 

Kenneth William Speirs

Citizen and Innholder

 

 

Arthur John Hanslip 

a Mobile Caterer

Haywood, Westbury, Wiltshire

Howard Andre Beber

Citizen and Poulter

 

Brian John Coombe

 

Citizen and Poulter

 

Dr Elizabeth Rosanna Filby

a Historian

Bermondsey, London

Rev. Canon David Parrott 

Citizen and Distiller

 

Graeme George Harrower, CC 

 

Citizen and Scrivener

 

Timothy James Simmons

a Metropolitan Police Officer

Southgate, London

Michael Peter Cawston

Citizen and Tyler and Bricklayer

 

David Robert Attwood 

 

Citizen and Plumber

 

Stephen Moore

a Local Government Director

Braintree, Essex

Robert Michael John  Benham 

Citizen and Plumber

 

Christopher James Caine

 

Citizen and Maker of Playing Cards

 

Marc Anthony Lewis 

a Project Manager

Chatters, Cambridgeshire

Hugh Paul Nolan 

Citizen and Fanmaker

 

Michael Richard Adkins

 

Citizen and Water Conservator

 

Michael Jones 

an Event Management  Safety Officer

Nunhead, London

Howard Andre Beber

Citizen and Poulter

 

Brian John Coombe

Citizen and Poulter

 

 

Gerald John Byrne 

a Restaurant Company Director

Hornchurch, Essex

Christopher James Caine

Citizen and Maker of Playing Cards

 

Alan Robert Brumwell

 

Citizen and Plumber

 

Eileen Patricia Pallen

an Investigator

Barnehurst, Kent

Kristen James Cottier

Citizen and Spectacle Maker

 

Robert George Munson

 

Citizen and Builders Merchant

 

Jonathan

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9.

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To receive a report setting out measures introduced into Parliament which may have an effect on the services provided by the City Corporation.

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Minutes:

The Court received a report on measures introduced by Parliament which might have an effect on the services provided by the City Corporation as follows:-

 

 

Bills

 

 

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The Bill will repeal the European Communities Act 1972, bringing to an end the status of EU law within the British legal system, and will adopt the provisions of existing EU law into UK law. It provides a framework for making necessary modifications to the adopted EU law as a consequence of the UK’s withdrawal, to be done through a large volume of subsequent regulations.

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill

The Bill will grant full relief from business rates for new fibre communications infrastructure in relation to a five-year period beginning in April 2017.

 

Statutory Instruments

Date inforce

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Order 2017, S.I. No. 811

The Order gives effect to revised terms and conditions (including remuneration levels) for teachers in maintained schools for the new academic year. Changes include a 2% uplift to the main pay range.

1 September 2017

The Co-ordination of Regulatory Enforcement Regulations 2017, S.I. No. 835

The Regulations set out details of the revised ‘primary authority’ scheme, whereby a single local authority (including the Common Council acting in that capacity) can take the lead on advising a business about regulatory compliance, with its advice then taken in to account by other relevant local authorities. For instance, the Regulations specify the role of national regulators in supporting primary authorities, and set out the process to be followed when there is a dispute about proposed enforcement action.

1 October 2017

The Caseins and Caseinates (England) Regulations 2017, S.I. No. 848

The Regulations implement revised EU rules governing the use of caseins and caseinates—forms

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10.

Appointments

To consider the following appointments:

 

(A)      One Member on the Audit and Risk Management Committee, for the balance of a term expiring April 2019.

 

          Nominations received:-

          Alexander Robertson Martin Barr

 

(B)      One Member on the Outside Bodies Sub (Policy and Resources) Committee, for a term expiring April 2018.

 

          Nominations received:-

          Tom Hoffman, Deputy

 

(C)      One Member on Age UK London, for a term expiring July 2020.

 

          Nominations received:-

          Tom Hoffman, Deputy

 

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Minutes:

The Court proceeded to consider appointments to the Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Outside Bodies Sub (Policy and Resources) Committee, and Age UK London.

 

(A)      One Member on the Audit and Risk Management Committee, for the balance of a term expiring in April 2019.

 

          Nominations received:-

          Alexander Robertson Martin Barr

 

          Read.

 

          Whereupon the Lord Mayor declared Alexander Barr to be appointed to the Audit and Risk Management Committee.

 

(B)      One Member on the Outside Bodies Sub (Policy and Resources) Committee, for the balance of a term expiring in April 2018.

 

          Nominations received:-

          Tom Hoffman, Deputy

 

          Read.

 

          Whereupon the Lord Mayor declared Deputy Tom Hoffman to be appointed to the Outside Bodies Sub-Committee.

 

(C)      One Member on Age UK London, for a three year term expiring in July 2020.

 

          Nominations received:-

          Tom Hoffman, Deputy

 

          Read.

 

          Whereupon the Lord Mayor declared Deputy Tom Hoffman to be appointed to Age UK London.

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11.

Questions

Minutes:

City Workforce

Deputy Brian Mooney asked a question of the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee concerning the composition of the City workforce, with particular reference to the new City of London Jobs leaflet. This was one of a new range of products being produced to provide succinct and accessible information on financial and professional services and other priority areas for the City Corporation. Responding, the Chairman confirmed that none of the employees currently based in the City had been born in Antarctica and advised that the wording on the leaflet would be altered to remove any scope for future confusion.

 

In response to a supplementary question from Deputy Mooney, the Chairman updated Members on the work the City Corporation was engaged in to inform the Brexit negotiations, as well as to promote the City around the world. She also outlined significant work with partners that was underway, to seek to ensure that the City’s pre-eminence as a financial and professional services hub was maintained post-Brexit, with the size its workforce preserved or increased in years to come.

 

Diversity

Prem Goyal asked a question of the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee regarding the City Corporation’s approach to diversity. In reply, the Chairman set out the robust internal policies and procedures in place in support of the City Corporation’s commitment to equality and inclusion, as well as referencing the various staff networks and the significant efforts to increase the diversity of the Court through the recent City-wide elections. She also detailed the external activities the City Corporation was engaged in to spread its values and best practice across other City businesses and employers, such as the Power of Diversity breakfast series, utilising its ‘soft power’ to influence others positively.

 

The Sheriffs’ Breakfast

Prem Goyal asked a question of

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12.

Motions

Minutes:

There were no motions.

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13.

Awards and Prizes

Minutes:

There was no report.

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14.

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To consider a change to the process by which applications for the use of the Great Hall are reported.

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Minutes:

POLICY AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE

 

(Catherine McGuinness, Deputy)

6 July 2017

Applications for the Use of Guildhall

The arrangements for approving applications for the use of Guildhall had last been considered by the Court of Common Council on 21 June 2001. At that time, the Court had agreed to delegate the approval of such applications to the then City Lands and Bridge House Estates Committee. This Committee was no longer in existence and responsibility for the approval of applications had since transferred to the Policy and Resources Committee, via its Hospitality Working Party.

 

Notwithstanding this, it had been customary to submit the details of applications for the use of Guildhall to the Court for information. However, in the interests of efficiency, the Policy and Resources Committee and its Hospitality Working Party now considered the practice of sending details of those applications for the use of Guildhall which were not felt to be significant should be discontinued. This was supported on the basis that no such application had been the subject of any questioning in at least the past ten years.

 

It was therefore recommended that, going forward, details of only the more significant applications for the use of Guildhall be reported to the Court.

 

Resolved – That only details of the more significant applications for the use of Guildhall be reported to the Court henceforth.

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15.

Police Committee

To consider reports of the Police Committee, as follows:-

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Minutes:

POLICE COMMITTEE

 

(Douglas Barrow, Deputy)

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15a

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(A)      Annual Report – to receive the annual report providing a summary of the City of London Police’s activities and performance over the past financial year.

For Information

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Minutes:

18 May 2017

City of London Police: Annual Report 2016/17

The Annual Report, setting out the achievements and performance of the City of London Police over the past financial year, was submitted to the Court for information.

 

The Chairman introduced the item to the Court and provided a comprehensive overview of the City Police’s achievements over the year, as well as a summary of the constructive challenge provided by the Police Committee across the period.

 

Resolved – That the report be received.

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15b

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(B)       Appointment of External Member – to consider the appointment of Mr Andrew Lentin to the Police Committee.

For Decision

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Minutes:

8 August 2017

(B) Appointment of Independent External Member to the Police Committee

The constitution of the Police Committee allows for the recruitment of two external individuals (i.e. not Members of the Common Council) onto the Committee, through an open process. In May 2017, the second and final term of one of these external Members of the Committee, Helen Marshall, had expired. As a result, two rounds of recruitment were undertaken in order fill this vacancy, in accordance with the Committee’s membership scheme (as specified in its Terms of Reference).

 

A selection panel was established and the post openly advertised. All applications were considered and six candidates who met the eligibility criteria were interviewed on 8 August 2017. Following deliberations, the panel was pleased to recommend one candidate for appointment to the position and the Court’s approval was now sought to the appointment of the successful candidate, Mr Andrew Lentin, as an external Member of the Police Committee for a four-year term commencing 21 September 2017.

 

Resolved – That approval be given to the appointment of Mr Andrew Lentin to the Police Committee for a four-year term, commencing on 21 September 2017.

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16.

By the Chief Commoner

That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business below on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972.

 

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Minutes:

Resolved That the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business below on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972.

 

Summary of exempt items considered whilst the public were excluded:-

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17.

Policy and Resources and Establishment Committees

To consider proposals relating to the City Corporation’s office in Brussels.

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Minutes:

Policy and Resources and Establishment Committees

The Court approved recommendations concerning the restructure of the City Corporation’s office in Brussels.

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18.

Finance Committee

To consider the award of a contract for the provision of a Local Area Network.

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Minutes:

Finance Committee

The Court approved proposals concerning the award of a contract for the provision of a Local Area Network.

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19.

Police Committee

To receive a report setting out action taken under urgency procedures concerning the City of London Police’s Action and Know Fraud Centre.

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Minutes:

Police Committee

The Court received a report of action taken under urgency procedures concerning the City Police’s Action and Know Fraud Centre.

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20.

Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen's School

To receive a report outlining action taken under urgency procedures concerning a project at the School.

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Minutes:

Board of Governors of the City of London Freemen’s School

The Court received a report of action taken under urgency procedures concerning a project to refurbish the School’s Main House.

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21.

Property Investment Board

To receive a report providing an update on the purchase of a freehold.

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Minutes:

Property Investment Board

The Court noted a report providing final details of a freehold acquisition.

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