Birmingham City Council

Oral Questions from members of the public

City Council meetings now include a 20 minute time allocation for questions from members of the public (excluding the budget meeting and the AGM).

In accordance with Standing Orders, each member of the public is permitted to ask one oral question per council meeting which must be notified in writing no later than noon on the Friday preceding the meeting.

Each question must be delivered at the meeting exactly as submitted. No supplementary questions are allowed.

I attach below the criteria for questions:

• No question will exceed 1 minute and no answer will exceed 2 minutes.

• The question must refer to an issue which affects Birmingham or falls within the Council’s responsibilities.

• The question must not be substantially the same as a question which has been put at a meeting of the Council in the past 6 months.

• The question must not be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive.

• The question must not require the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

• The question must not refer to individual planning or licensing matters, or any matter of a personal nature.

Questions can either be emailed to:, or posted to: The Council Team, Democratic Services, Room 315, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB.

You are requested to provide a contact telephone number when you submit a question.

Once your question has been approved, you will be contacted to make arrangements for you to attend a Council meeting to put the question.

Questions will be taken in the order received, within the time available.