The Chairmen of the Scrutiny Panels set out in
Article 6 of the Constitution will be automatically appointed to
the Scrutiny Commission for the period of their office.
The Scrutiny Commission will co-ordinate the
work of the Scrutiny Panels, but it is not itself a Scrutiny Panel.
The Scrutiny Commission has no power to establish any Committees or
amend its Terms of Reference.
Terms of Reference
1) To approve an annual overview and scrutiny
work programme, including the programme of any Sub-Panel appointed
by a Scrutiny Panel, to ensure that there is efficient use of all
Panels' and sub-panels’ time, and that the potential for
duplication of effort is minimised.
2) Where matters fall within the remit of more
than one Scrutiny Panel or Sub-Panel, to determine which of them
will assume responsibility for any particular issue, and to resolve
any issues of dispute between Scrutiny Panels.
3) To receive requests from the Cabinet and/or
the full Council for reports from Scrutiny Panels and to allocate
them if appropriate to one or more Scrutiny Panels.
4) To put in place and maintain a system to
ensure that referrals from overview and scrutiny to the Cabinet,
either by way of report or for reconsideration are managed
efficiently and do not exceed the limits set out in this
5) At the request of the Cabinet, to make
decisions about the priority of referrals made in the event of
reports to the Cabinet exceeding limits in this Constitution, or if
the volume of such reports creates difficulty for the management of
Cabinet business or jeopardises the efficient running of Council
6) To have the powers of a Scrutiny Panel in
relation to Cabinet decisions made but not implemented as set out
in section 21(3) of the Local Government Act 2000, as do all other
Scrutiny Panels. See Procedure Rule 206 (Call-In of decisions).