Meetings are held every week for forty-five
minuites during lunch brake. These meetings are strict and complete the
business. A detail
of meetings is recorded as per the attached.
As recognition of the importance of the Youth Parliament, the Town Council
voted to make available the Chamber for their meetings. Members take their
places at the same table the Town Council carry out their deliberations.
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The Chairperson of the Youth Parliament wears the chain of office
in the same way as the Town Council. This is very important as it
raises the status of the Parliament.
A bank account is opened in the name of the Parliament.
The Treasurer and one other member have the power to write cheques. A
detail of the finances is prepared for the meetings.
To date the Parliament has raised their own funds through the running
of discos. These are run with the help of outside bouncers in the same
way as professional discos. This year the Town Council voted a special
grant of £1,000 on foot of a plan presented for the cleaning of the school
areas. The money has been spent so far on a weekend to our sister town
in Magheraflet in Northern Ireland and a dinner to celebrate the ending
of the Parliament.
The Town Clerk
takes a special interest in the Parliament and attends meetings and advises
members on the proposals for the town and other matters involving youth
of the town. A teacher form each school
is appointed to keep in contact with the members and their activities.
Students are informed as to the activities of the Parliament. This is
the link back into the school and is an essential part of the Youth Parliament's