We try to ensure that as much as possible of the Cabinet's business is done in public meetings. Occasionally, Cabinet will meet in private to discuss items that include information that might prejudice the public interest if discussed in public. Examples might be:
•the value of land that the Council wishes to sell, which might affect the price negotiated if discussed in public
•the details of proposed contracts for goods, services or works that might reveal commerically confidential information or might affect the price the Council has to pay
•information about an individual
Details of the type information that might be discussed in private are set out in the Council's access to information rules. Where an item is discussed in private, we might release any report discussed after the meeting on request, with any private information deleted.
The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012 requires us to give at least 28 days notice of any private meetings of the Cabinet or its sub-committees. This is to allow any interested party to make representations that the meeting should be held in public. A further notice then has to be given 5 clear days before the private meeting, setting out our response to any representations.