HOW OUR CITY IS GOVERNED

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Ceremonies
  • Home life
  • Housing and living conditions
  • Local government
  • Politics
  • Transport

Genres:

  • Educational

People/organisations:

  • MacLEAN, William J. ‘Mac’
  • Campbell Harper Productions
  • Glasgow Corporation

Series:

  • Glasgow civics

Decade:

  • 1940s

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Title: HOW OUR CITY IS GOVERNED

Reference number: 0315

Date: 1949

Director: [d. Willie J. McLean]

Sponsor: Glasgow Corporation Education Committee

Production company: Campbell Harper Films Ltd.

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 17.32 mins

Description: Local Government election procedure and Glasgow Corporation committees in session.

One of the Glasgow Civics Series of educational films.
Book of the same name accompanies the series.

Shotlist: Credits (.10) Glasgow is divided into a number of wards or electoral districts. Map of division of the city into wards (.24); Three Councillors are elected to represent each ward in the Corporation. Diagram of the structure of representation (.38); The Councillors elect a Lord Provost who holds office for three years. Diagram illustrating the turn over of same (1.01); Election takes place annually to fill vacancies in the Corporation. Shot of a youth delivering election pamphlets, posters on railings. Couple leave their house and get into car provided by the candidate to drive them to polling booths. Outside a local school, the canvassers group around the entrance (2.08); Inside polling station, people voting, register is closed and ballot box is tied and sealed (3.40); shots outside the Kelvin Hall, trams passing in front (3.44) Inside the hall, counting is taking place, shots of the counters, officials and Provost, who announces results (4.56) At the next meeting of the Corporation, the new councillors take their places for the first time. Shots of people inside the City Chambers (5.55) Inside the Council Chambers, the meeting is about to begin. Shots of councillors and city officials at the head of the table (6.51); The meeting is opened with a prayer. Lord Provost begins the election of office holders (7.20); Where there is more than one nominee for any post a vote is taken by a show of hands. Hands counted and the result is announced. Newly elected members sworn in. Provost confers chain of office on the baillies and magistrates (8.51); The Corporation next appoint Committees to deal with the many different activities of a great city. Shot from a page of the Council register of meetings. Highways and Planning Committee is taken as an example (9.22) The Committee in session. (10.36) Shots of the Corporation's workforce re-surfacing a road. Steam roller and tarmac. Councillor watches the progress and chats to his constituents (11.37); ecs (11.43)