Questions without notice to ministers
Ministers have no warning of the questions that might be asked, so they must prepare well to ensure that they are briefed about the current issues that could be raised by members.
On the first day of every scheduled States meeting 30 minutes is allocated for questions without notice to ministers. This 30-minute period is in addition to the 2-hour period allowed for the answering of oral questions that have been submitted in advance.
The 30-minute period is divided into 2 separate 15-minute periods and at each
States meeting 2 ministers answer questions without notice for 15 minutes each.
How does the question rota work?
The Chief Minister and each of the 11 ministers answer according to a rota drawn up by the Greffier of the States several months in advance.
The Chief Minister is required to answer questions without notice for 15 minutes at every other States meeting which means that he or she answers about 10 times a year. The other 10 ministers answer in accordance with the rota and each minister is required to answer questions in this way some 3 or 4 times a year.
What can the questions relate to?
During the 15-minute sessions the ministers can be asked questions about any matter at all that relates to their ministerial responsibilities.
The Chief Minister, as leader of the Council of Ministers, can be asked questions about any matter relating to the Government of Jersey.
Ministers have no warning in advance of the questions that might be asked and they must therefore prepare well to ensure that they are briefed about the current issues that could be raised by members.
Rota of questions without notice 2018
1st session 2018
|January 16th||Health and Social Services||Chief Minister|
|January 30th||Education||Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture|
|February 20th||Housing||Chief Minister|
|March 6th||Treasury and Resources||Environment|
|March 20th||External Relations||Chief Minister|
|April 10th||Social Security||Home Affairs|
|June 26th||Infrastructure||Chief Minister|
|July 10th||Health and Social Services||Education|
2nd session 2018
|September 11th||Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture||Chief Minister|
|September 25th||Environment||Treasury and Resources|
|October 9th||Children and Housing||Chief Minister|
|October 23rd||External Relations||Social Security|
|November 6th||Home Affairs||Chief Minister|
|November 20th ||International Development||Infrastructure|
|December 4th||Health and Social Services||Chief Minister|