FOI Request - Non Elected Reps of Religion

Request 101000357433

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) regarding non-elected representatives of religion on your Education Committee.

Please supply the names, religious organisation represented, starting date of tenure and (if applicable) expected finishing date of tenure, of the representatives of religion on your Education Committee. If any representatives have been in place for less than two years, please supply the same information regarding the predecessor(s).

For each of the above individuals, please state how they were appointed. If appointment was not through nomination by the Catholic Church or the Church of Scotland, please state:

How was this person selected, and by whom?
How was the position advertised, and what other methods were used to notify potential applicants?
What were the criteria used to select among candidates?
Who was responsible for formulating the above procedures?

Are there procedures in place to remove unsatisfactory representatives of religion? If so, what are they, who is responsible for their application, have they been used in the past 10 years, and, if so, under what circumstances?

Response 29-06-2015

1. Three religious representatives in total assume membership of the Children and Young Peoples’ Services Committee.  The 1st and 2nd Members are representatives of The Church of Scotland and The Roman Catholic Church in terms of Section 124 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 as selected by the relevant churches.

2. In appointing the third representative, The Moray Council are required to "have regard to the comparative strength within their area of all the churches and denominational bodies having duly constituted charges or other regularly appointed places of worship there", taking into account the appointments from the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church.   Historically the third person to be appointed should not be a member of the Church of Scotland or the Roman Catholic Church but a member interested in the promotion of religious education and concerned with the role of religion in the provision of the Education Service.

3. The names and religious organisation represented: Rev Shuna Dicks , Church of Scotland Representative, Elizabeth Hewitt, Roman Catholic Church Representative, Rev Christopher Ketley, Other Religious Representative

4. All were appointed at the start of the current term of office following the local government elections on the 3 May 2012 and will continue until the end of the current local government term of office which will expire in May 2017.     

5. Nominations for the role of the 3rd Religious Representative should be submitted in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services. Only one nomination may be submitted on behalf of each church or denominational body meeting the criteria.
If more than one nomination comes forward, the representative is then drawn by lot by the Chairman of the Children & Young Peoples' Services Committee.

6. What were the criteria used to select among candidates?
See paragraph 2 above

7. Who was responsible for formulating the above procedures?
The Moray Council in accordance with Section 124 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973

8. Are there procedures in place to remove unsatisfactory representatives of religion? If so, what are they, who is responsible for their application, have they been used in the past 10 years, and, if so, under what circumstances?
There are no procedures in place and no representative has had to be removed in the past 10 years.

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