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Asking a question at a council meeting

The public can ask a question at a meeting of the full city council with prior permission. Public question time takes place at the beginning of the council meeting, and members of the public can ask the leader or members of the cabinet up to two questions.
 
You can ask questions about any service or issue the city council is responsible for, or about an issue which affects Stoke-on-Trent. Questions may not be more than 150 words.
 
You can submit up to two questions per council meeting. No more than two questions may be asked on behalf of one organisation.
 
If your question requires the revealing confidential information, or repeats something that has been asked and answered within the past six months, we will contact you. You cannot ask a question that is potentially defamatory, frivolous or offensive.
 
Email us your question
 
When we have received your question we will write to you to tell when your question will be answered. As long as it is received no later than midday fifteen working days before the day of the council meeting, and contains no more than 150 words, it will be asked at the next ordinary council meeting.
 
If you can't attend the city council meeting, you will receive a written response to your question. At the meeting, the Lord Mayor will refer to the questions and answers that have been circulated around the council chamber.
 
There will not be a debate on your question unless the Lord Mayor decides otherwise. No discussion will take place on any question. Any councillor can propose that a matter raised by a question be referred to the appropriate chief officer or committee.