PART 2Admission to and reporting of meetings of certain local government bodies

Amendment of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960

3.—(1) Section 1 of the 1960 Act (admission of public to meetings of local authorities and other bodies) is amended as follows.

(2) After subsection (3) insert—

(3A) Where the public are excluded from a meeting of a relevant local government body under subsection (2), the body may also prevent any person from reporting on the meeting using methods—

(a)which can be used without that person’s presence at the meeting, and

(b)which enable persons not present at the meeting to see or hear the proceedings at the meeting as it takes place or later.

(3) In subsection (4), after paragraph (c) insert—


(d)in the case of a meeting of a relevant local government body, while the meeting is open to the public any person attending is to be permitted to report on the meeting.

(4) After subsection (4) insert—

(4A) Subsection (4)(d) does not require a relevant local government body to permit oral reporting or oral commentary on a meeting as it takes place if the person reporting or providing the commentary is present at the meeting.

(5) In subsection (7)—

(a)after “television broadcasting services” insert “or, in the case of a relevant local government body, for use in electronic or any other format to provide news to the public by means of the internet”; and

(b)for “but nothing in this section” substitute “but, subject to subsection (4)(d), nothing in this section”.

(6) After subsection (8) insert—

(9) In this Act—

“relevant local government body” means—


the Council of the Isles of Scilly;


a parish council; or


a parish meeting of a parish which does not have a separate parish council;

“reporting” means—


filming, photographing or making an audio recording of proceedings at a meeting;


using any other means for enabling persons not present to see or hear proceedings at a meeting as it takes place or later; or


reporting or providing commentary on proceedings at a meeting, orally or in writing, so that the report or commentary is available as the meeting takes place or later to persons not present.

(7) After section 1 of that Act insert—

Publication and dissemination of reports

1A.(1) Any person who attends a meeting of a relevant local government body for the purpose of reporting on the meeting may use any communication method, including the internet, to publish, post or otherwise share the results of the person’s reporting activities.

(2) Publication and dissemination may take place at the time of the meeting or occur after the meeting.

(8) In section 2(1) of that Act (application of section 1 to committees of bodies to which the Act applies)—

(a)for “the foregoing section” substitute “sections 1 and 1A”;

(b)for “as that section applies” substitute “as they apply”; and

(c)for “of that section” substitute “of section 1”.