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States Meeting Summary 2-3 March 2021

Mar 04, 2021


Oral questions with notice

To begin this week’s States Meeting, non-executive States Members asked Ministers oral questions with notice for two hours and 20 minutes.

Find out what questions States Members asked by skipping to page nine in the Order Paper.

Catch up on questions with notice by skipping to 10 minutes into Tuesday morning’s meeting.

Oral questions without notice

After questions with notice, non-executive States Members asked the following Ministers questions without notice for 45 minutes (15 minutes each):

  • The Minister for External Relations, Senator Ian Gorst
  • The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf
  • The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré

Catch up on questions without notice by skipping to two hours and 30 minutes into Tuesday morning’s meeting.

Public business 

Revised Foreshore Encroachment Policy

The first item for public business was the Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis’, proposed revised policy for encroachments on the foreshore (land surrounding Jersey, owned by the public).

Deputy Carolyn Labey proposed an amendment to the Minister for Infrastructure’s proposition. The Deputy requested alterations to the revised policy and asked that the Minister provide a map, establishing a public boundary, as part of this policy.

The Minister for Infrastructure proposed an amendment to Deputy Carolyn Labey’s amendment to his proposition. He asked, instead of incorporating a map explicitly within the revised policy, to report back to Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel with his proposals for establishing the public boundary in the form of a map or a plan.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE Deputy Carolyn Labey’s amendment to the proposition, as amended by the Minister for Infrastructure – see how States Members voted here on part a and part b of Deputy Labey’s amendment and the Minister for Infrastructure’s amendment to the amendment.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the Minister for Infrastructure’s revised policy for foreshore encroachments, as amended – see how States Members voted here.

To watch the full debate on the revised Foreshore Encroachment Policy, skip to 38 minutes into Tuesday afternoon’s States Meeting.

Changes to the Migration Control Policy

Deputy Rowland Huelin asked, on behalf of the Chief Minister, for States Members to approve proposed changes to the Migration Control Policy which seek to provide greater control over the number of workers with permission to reside permanently in Jersey.

Deputy Louise Doublet proposed an amendment to the proposition, on behalf of Deputy Jess Perchard. Deputy Perchard’s amendment proposed that the common population policy be updated annually based on the prior year’s population growth and that the proposed independent, expert panel be gender-balanced, with members from across the globe who have expertise in small island populations.

Deputy Rowland Huelin proposed, on behalf of the Chief Minister, an amendment to Deputy Jess Perchard’s amendment to his proposition. He proposed that, instead, the appointment of members to the independent, expert panel be overseen by the Jersey Appointments Commission and at least one member of the panel have expertise in small country populations.

The debate on the Migration Control Policy resumed on Wednesday morning.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the Chief Minister’s amendment to Deputy Jess Perchard’s amendment – see how States Members voted here.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE Deputy Jess Perchard’s amendment to the proposition in all three parts, as amended by the Chief Minister – see how States Members voted in part a, part b and part c.

Returning to debate the original proposition, the States Assembly voted to APPROVE the Chief Minister’s proposed changes to the Migration Control Policy, as amended by Deputy Jess Perchard – see how States Members voted on part a, b and c (i-vi), part c (vii), part c (viii) and part c (ix).

Watch the Migration Control Policy debate from the beginning by skipping to two hours into Tuesday afternoon’s States Meeting.

Reappointment of Commissioner to Jersey Overseas Aid Commission

Following the Minister for Infrastructure’s proposal, the States Assembly voted to reappoint Mr. Alistair Calvert as a non-States Commissioner of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission from 21 March 2021 to 20 March 2024.

Improvements to road safety

Constable Karen Shenton-Stone proposed improvements to road safety, as amended by the Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Kevin Lewis. The amended proposition asked that the Minister for Infrastructure review the Island’s road safety to identify improvements, with a focus on the needs of vulnerable road users. It also requested that the Minister review Jersey’s Highway Code to identify the benefits of introducing a hierarchy of responsibility for road users.

Senator Sarah Ferguson proposed an amendment to the proposition, requesting that the Minister for Infrastructure study the Direct Vision Standard and introduce a similar standard in Jersey so that vulnerable road users are made visible to other drivers.

The States Assembly voted to REJECT Senator Sarah Ferguson’s amendment to the proposition – see how States Members voted here.

Returning to debate the original proposition, the States Assembly voted to APPROVE Constable Shenton-Stone’s proposed improvements to the Island’s road safety, as amended by the Minister for Infrastructure – States Members’ votes will be recorded here shortly.

Catch up on the debate on improvements to road safety in full by skipping to five minutes into Wednesday afternoon’s States Meeting, a recording of which will be uploaded here within the next few days.

Appointment of Chair and members to Comptroller and Auditor General Board of Governance

Following the Chief Minister’s proposal, Grace Nesbit was appointed by the States Assembly as Chair and Robert Tinlin and Professor Russel Griggs as members of the Comptroller and Auditor General Board of Governance.

The States Assembly adjourned on Wednesday afternoon and will meet again on 23 March, at 9:30am.

Government of Jersey News Release.

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