An update to last Thursday’s article story “Steering What, Where?” about the Stakeholder Steering Group and its failure to announce or consult around the delay to the “Annual” Stakeholder Conference on Climate Change.
In a telephone conversation today, the Group’s Chair, Steve Connor, told MCFly that no minutes have been taken at any of the Group’s meetings during the last 18 months, only “action points.”
The Terms of Reference of the Group, seen by MCFly but not posted on the official manchesterclimate.com website state: “Agendas and minutes will be publicly available and circulated to an emailing list. Reports to the Group will similarly be made public unless a specific request for confidentiality is made and agreed by the Group”.
It is not clear if any member of the Steering Group has ever read these Terms of Reference. If they did, they did not appear raise the lack of minutes as an issue. (We can’t be sure – there are no minutes.)
During the phone call, Mr Connor assured MCFly that answers to last week’s questions
1) Who took the decision to not hold an Annual Stakeholder Conference in 2011, for what reasons and having consulted what other people?
2) Will elections to the Steering Group be held at the next Stakeholder Conference?
3) Given that the Steering Group’s Terms of Reference include the statement “Agendas and minutes will be publicly available and circulated to an emailing list. Reports to the Group will similarly be made public unless a specific request for confidentiality is made and agreed by the Group”, when will the minutes of the Steering Group be posted on the website?
would be forthcoming by close of play Thursday 1st December. Mr Connor had not seen the email containing these questions when MCFly published last Thursday afternoon.