Opposition Questions to Council - November 2019


Below are the questions the Liberal Democrats will ask on behalf of local residents in today's full council meeting.

The Leader of the Liberal Democrats JOHN LEECH will ask:

1. ON MANCHESTER PRIDE CHAOS:
How many times has the Executive member met with the organisers of Manchester Pride to discuss concerns surrounding this year's event?

2. ON MANCHESTER PRIDE CHAOS: 
When will the Executive Member make a decision on whether he will request a report to come to the Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee to investigate concerns around the security of the parade, freedom of the press to report on the event, restriction of access to disabled visitors, complaints of racism from black and Asian visitors and ticket holders being denied admission to the Mayfield venue during the Manchester Pride weekend this year?

3. ON AIRLINE 'FUEL TANKERING'
A report from Eurocontrol has estimated that airlines save £229 million a year through the practice of "fuel-tankering", (carrying additional fuel than is necessary for a flight to avoid higher fuel costs at their next destination) but at a cost of 901,000 tonnes of additional tonnes of CO2. What discussions have taken place within Manchester Airport Group to discourage "fuel-tankering" by airlines using Manchester Airport?

Councillor RICHARD KILPATRICK will ask:

1. ON REMEMBRANCE SERVICES:
Since the last council meeting, what further discussions have occurred between the exec member for finance and officers over reviewing the budget allocation for remembrance services outside of the city centre?

2. ON COUNCIL'S BREXIT PREPARATIONS:
After a briefing on how the council is preparing for Brexit, we were told that from March 2019 Manchester stopped sending updates to the regional preparation for Brexit task force. Can the leader explain why the decision was made to stop these updates and give reassurances to members that the council continues to prepare for all possible outcomes?

3. ON THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY:
After the Climate Change Emergency Motion was passed by full council, what date did the exec member commission the work by the Tyndall Centre on the viability of moving the zero carbon target to 2030?

4. ON THE HOMELESS TAX:
When will we receive the final decision on how the council will progress with the proposed Homeless Tax in the city centre?

Councillor GREG STANTON will ask:

1. ON PUBLIC WORKS LOAN BOARD:
Following the recent Public Works Loan Board interest rate increase what assessment has been made of any impact on the viability of future capital spend?

2. ON HIGHWAYS PROCUREMENT:
What work is being done to ensure the Highways procurement process accommodates the necessary time for Scrutiny - including Call-In where appropriate? 

3. ON NEEDLE EXCHANGES:
How many needle exchanges are run by the Council or Council partner agencies within the City?

The meeting can be watched live here.


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