Actions which may be requested of a committee (in relation to agenda items and papers).
- To note: to acknowledge information given. There is generally no need to discuss the item in question.
- To receive: to formally receive the document or information (eg a report). The committee is not being asked to make a decision but may wish to discuss the contents of the document or information provided.
- To consider: to discuss the topic/document. The committee is not being asked to make a decision about it but is being asked for its views.
- To approve: to discuss and reach a decision about something wholly within the committee's remit.
- To recommend: to discuss an issue and recommend action to another body.
- To endorse: to support a decision made elsewhere.
In some cases, more than one of the above may apply to a single agenda item, for example a committee may receive a report and approve proposals contained within it.