Four deputations have been turned away from today's Full Council Meeting - yes, told to come back to another Committee in a few weeks time ... why? Well, because of this Standing Order:
Standing Order 28(3)
If, in the opinion of the Lord Provost, a motion submitted for consideration at a meeting of the Council falls within the remit of a Committee of the Council, the Lord Provost may direct that motion be remitted to that Committee for consideration, including any request for a deputation to be heard on the matter.
This relatively NEW Standing Order was added by the current Administration back in June 2008 - we objected at the time, knowing full well it would be abused eventually.
It was abused today.