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 2 or 3 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 2020

​First Session 2020

​21st January
​Home Affairs
​Chief Minister
​4th February ​Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture​Infrastructure
25th FebruaryHealth and Social Services​Chief Minister
9th MarchEducation​Children and Housing
24th March​External Relations
Chief Minister
21st April​EnvironmentInternational Development
2nd JuneTreasury and ResourcesChief Minister
16th JuneInternational DevelopmentHome Affairs
30th JuneSocial SecurityChief Minister
14th July InfrastructureExternal Relations

Second Session 2020

8th SeptemberEducationChief Minister
22nd SeptemberEconomic Development, Tourism, Sport and CultureEnvironment
6th October​Children and HousingChief Minister
20th OctoberExternal RelationsTreasury and Resources
3rd NovemberSocial SecurityChief Minister
17th November​Home Affairs​International Development
1st DecemberInfrastructureChief Minister
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