Scrutiny panels and committees
There are five Scrutiny panels, a Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and a Chairmen's Committee. The Chairmen's Committee brings together the chairmen of the five panels and the PAC.
What is Scrutiny?
Scrutiny panels are appointed by the States. There are five Scrutiny panels which are made up of States members (who are not ministers or assistant ministers) and some members of the public. These panels carry out detailed investigations into ministers' work, and can call for papers and witnesses relevant to their investigations.
Scrutiny helps to improve the delivery of public services by ensuring that decisions are soundly based on evidence and also allows members of the public to influence government policies and strategies Scrutiny helps to improve the delivery of public services by ensuring that decisions are soundly based on evidence and also allows members of the public to influence government policies and strategies which affect their lives by contributing evidence to reviews and attending public hearings. The panels have a code of practice they must follow.
Scrutiny - PAC Engagement Code of Practice
Scrutiny - PAC Proceedings Code of Practice FINAL.pdf
What are the terms of reference of Scrutiny panels?
The terms of reference for scrutiny panels are set out in Standing Orders and can be summarised as follows:
to hold review into issues and matters of public importance
to consider the current and proposed policy of ministers
to scrutinise legislation and international conventions and agreements
to scrutinise the Medium Term Financial Plan, the Budget and other financial proposals of the Council of Ministers
to report to the States on matters that they have reviewed and make recommendations
Chairmen's Committee on Scrutiny website
Public Accounts Committee on Scrutiny website
Corporate Services Panel
Economic Affairs Panel
Education and Home Affairs Panel
Environment, Housing and Infrastructure Panel
Health and Social Security Panel