Some items of business on agendas are classed as confidential and that part of the meeting is closed to the public. For very practical reasons, these sessions are normally held at the end of the meeting so that the public doesn’t have to leave and then return when the session is over. Confidential sessions are not held to avoid transparency but for good reasons.
The criteria for confidentiality are:-
- Engagement, terms of service, conduct and dismissal of employees:
- Terms of tenders, and proposals and counter-proposals in negotiations for contracts;
- Preparation of cases in legal proceedings: and
- The early stages of any dispute.