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 45 minutes is allocated for questions without notice to ministers. This 45-minute period is in addition to the 2-hour 20-minute period allowed for the answering of oral questions that have been submitted in advance.

The 45-minute period is divided into 3 separate 15-minute periods. At each States meeting 2 ministers answer questions without notice for 15 minutes each, followed by the Chief Minister.

How does the question rota work?

The 11 other 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 States meeting. The other 11 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 2023

1st Session 2023

 
  
17th January
​External Relations and Financial Services
Health and Social Services
​Chief Minister
7th February

Home Affairs
Housing and Communities
​Chief Minister
28th February

Infrastructure
International Development
​Chief Minister
21st March

​Social Security
​Treasury and Resources
​Chief Minister

18th April

 

Children and Education

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Chief Minister

2nd May

Environment

External Relations and Financial Services

Chief Minister
23rd May

Health and Social Services

 

Home Affairs

 

Chief Minister
13th June

Housing and Communities

 

Infrastructure

 

Chief Minister
4th July

Children and Education

Social SecurityChief Minister

18th July

 

Treasury and Resources

International Development

Chief Minister

2nd Session 2023

   
12th September

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

 

EnvironmentChief Minister

3rd October

 

 

External Relations and Financial Services

 

Health and Social Services

 

Chief Minister

17th October

 

 

Home Affairs

 

Housing and Communities

 

Chief Minister

7th November

 

 

Infrastructure

 

International Development

 

Chief Minister

28th November

 

Social SecurityTreasury and ResourcesChief Minister

12th December

 

Children and Education

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

 

Chief Minister



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