The Conference Standing Orders and the Motions for debate at CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference 2019 have been announced.

The Motions will be discussed at Caird Hall, Dundee, across 5-7 April. Read the the Order Paper and the Standing Order below:

ORDER PAPER – CONFERENCE 2019

MOTION 1

This Conference agrees to adopt the Internal Policy Document produced after the 2018 Conference subject to any amendments to policy decided at this Conference.

Proposed by the National Executive

MOTION 2

This Conference agrees to adopt the External Policy Document produced after the 2018 Conference subject to any amendments to policy decided at this Conference.

Proposed by the National Executive

MOTION 3 – EMERGENCY MOTION

This Conference notes with concern the recent announcement by a large pub owning company of a mass conversion from tenanted to managed pubs. This Conference therefore instructs the National Executive to campaign against this practice and revise the relevant clauses of the External Policy Document.

Proposed by Pub Campaigns Committee

MOTION 4 – EMERGENCY MOTION

This Conference notes with alarm the recent decision by Dundee City Council to introduce a planning policy that bans new pubs outside its city centre, and instructs the National Executive to campaign against moves by any local authority to follow such a course.

Proposed by Pub Campaigns Committee

MOTION 5

This Conference instructs the National Executive to produce British Cider Style Guidelines, similar to those adopted by the US Association of Cider Makers (USACM).

Proposed by Richard Withecombe and seconded by Cath Potter

MOTION 6

This Conference instructs the National Executive to adopt the following clear definitions for the marketing of cider:

  • Real Cider (as defined by CAMRA)
  • ‘Natural Cider’ (as in CAMRA’s definition of Real Cider but additionally has the same standards of ‘Natural Wine’ – wild yeasts, no additives and minimum intervention other than craft, story and terroir)
  • ‘Authentic Cider’ (using the Small Independent Cidermakers’ Association (SICA) quality mark of cider made from at least 90% fresh apple juice).

Proposed by Richard Withecombe and seconded by Cath Potter

MOTION 7

This Conference instructs the National Executive to campaign for the urgent introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for England (with provisos on the maximum amount per unit).

Proposed by Tendring Branch

MOTION 8

This Conference instructs the National Executive to campaign more robustly against the actions of many pub owning companies that are detrimental both to the nation’s pub stock and to the consumer, while also publicising examples of good practice among them.

Proposed by Pub Campaigns Committee

MOTION 9

This Conference instructs the National Executive to replace Appendix 2 of the Internal Policy Document with the revised version of CAMRA’s definition of a pub, as adopted by Pub Campaigns Committee in November 2018.

Proposed by Pub Campaigns Committee

MOTION 10

This Conference notes the worldwide concern about single use plastics and instructs the National Executive to reduce as far as reasonably practicable the amount of single use plastics used within CAMRA.

Proposed by Festivals Committee

MOTION 11

This Conference notes the increasing size of the membership and recognises the financial burden to CAMRA where members are admitted to beer festivals for free. This Conference instructs the National Executive to amend the relevant clauses of section 4 of the Internal Policy Document accordingly.

Proposed by Festivals Committee

CONFERENCE STANDING ORDERS 2019

1 MOTIONS

1.1 The proposer of a Motion may speak for up to five minutes.

1.2 The Motion shall be formally seconded and the seconder may reserve the right to speak at any point in the debate.

1.3 All subsequent speakers on a Motion, or Amendment(s) to it, may speak for up to three minutes.

1.4 Should a speech in opposition have been made, the proposer, or the seconder, has the right to sum up at the end of debate for up to three minutes.

1.5 No speaker, other than the person with responsibility for the motion, may address conference more than once on a Motion or Amendment.

1.6 The Chairman has discretion over the number of speakers called on any Motion or Amendment.

1.7 Any speaker who has a business or financial interest in any Motion, either directly, or indirectly through any member of his/her immediate family, shall declare such interest prior to speaking on that Motion.

1.8 Where the motion before Conference arises from a Policy Discussion Group and consists of separate clauses, each clause shall be voted upon separately.

  1. AMENDMENT(S) TO MOTIONS

2.1 Amendment(s) to any Motion shall be submitted in writing to the Chairman of Conference Procedures Committee prior to the meeting of Conference Procedures Committee held on the night before Conference. Amendment(s) must name the proposer and seconder of the Amendment, and shall be debated subject to the decision of Conference Procedures Committee at the meeting.

2.2 The proposer of an Amendment has no right to sum up the debate on that Amendment.

2.3 If an Amendment is carried, debate will resume on the Motion as amended.

2.4 If an Amendment is accepted by the proposers of a Motion, then that Motion (as amended) remains the responsibility of the original proposers.

2.5 If an amendment is not accepted by the proposers, but is adopted on a vote by conference, then the responsibility for the amended motion shall pass to the conference. Debate will then resume on the motion as amended. The right to sum up then lies with the proposer of the amendment.

  1. OVERRIDING MOTIONS

3.1 After a Motion has been proposed and seconded, the following Motion may be moved and put to the meeting, at the Chairman’s discretion:

3.1(a) “That the Conference proceed to next business”.

3.1(b) “That the Question be now put”.

3.1(c) “That the Speaker be no longer heard”.

3.1(d) “That the Motion be remitted to the National Executive for further consideration”.

3.2 If the Chairman accepts a Motion under 3.1, then that Motion shall be put to the vote immediately without discussion save that if the Chairman accepts a Motion under 3.1(d), the proposer of the original Motion has the right of brief comment as to why the motion should not be remitted, before the vote is taken.

  1. POINTS OF INFORMATION, EXPLANATION OR ORDER

At the Chairman’s discretion, the following may be raised at any time:

4.1 Point of Information

A member may ask for factual information to be provided which is critical to a point under debate, including a request to the speaker to declare any interest in the Motion, as set out under Standing Order 1.7 above.

4.2 Point of Personal Explanation

A member who believes that (s)he has been misrepresented in debate may ask to be allowed to clarify points raised.

4.3 Point of Order

A member may seek guidance as to whether Standing Orders and/or the Campaign’s Articles of Association are being transgressed during a debate, and can request the Chairman to make a ruling.

  1. OUTSTANDING MOTION(S)

Motion(s) outstanding at the close of Conference business shall be remitted to the National Executive for consideration, and the proposers of any Motion so remitted may submit written evidence in support of the Motion for consideration by the National Executive.

  1. CHAIRMAN’S DECISION

The decision of the Chairman on all matters of policy, and on the interpretation of these Standing Orders, shall be final, unless a challenge is supported by at least 30 members present in the hall, and is made before any further business is transacted. In the event of a challenge by the requisite number of Members, a Deputy Chairman shall assume the chair and preside over a debate on the ruling, consisting of one speech in favour of the challenge and one speech against. A simple majority vote of Members present shall determine the matter, following which the Chairman shall resume the chair.

  1. ACCEPTANCE OF ORDER PAPER

As a condition precedent to the commencement of debate on the Motions, Conference shall accept the order of debate as set out in the Order Paper.

  1. ABSTINENCE (TEMPORARY)

Smoking, the use of e-cigarettes and the consumption of alcohol shall not be permitted in the Conference Hall.

  1. BEHAVIOUR

9.1 Anyone found to be behaving in an abusive, offensive or disruptive manner while Conference is in session may be asked to leave for the duration of that session; this is to be at the discretion of the Chairman.

9.2 The proceedings of Conference shall not:

  1. be recorded using audio or video equipment or
  2. be transmitted live by any means whatsoever,

except that the Campaign’s staff may:

  1. make a recording
  2. transmit electronically decisions on motions together with brief explanations for those decisions, and other Conference business, and
  3. transmit live keynote speeches
  4. Erect and operate closed circuit TV, live audio and/or video screens around the venue for the benefit of members not in the Conference room.

Any breach of this standing order may be dealt with under 9.1.

  1. EMERGENCY MOTIONS

The definition of an emergency motion adopted by Conference Procedures Committee is:

“A motion relating to a major campaigning issue raised by an event occurring between the closing date for receipt of Motions and the time of the meeting of Conference Procedures Committee on the eve of the Conference”.

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