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 2021

19th January Children and Housing

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Chief Minister

9th February

EducationEnvironmentChief Minister

2nd March

External RelationsHealth and Social ServicesChief Minister

23rd March

Home AffairsInfrastructureChief Minister
20th April

International Development

Social SecurityChief Minister

11th May

Treasury and Resources

Housing and CommunitiesChief Minister
8th June

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Children and Education
Chief Minister

29th June

EnvironmentExternal RelationsChief Minister
20th July

Health and Social Services

Home AffairsChief Minister
    
14th September Infrastructure

International Development

Chief Minister

5th October

Social Security

Treasury and Resources

Chief Minister
2nd November Housing and Communities

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Chief Minister

23rd November

Children and EducationEnvironmentChief Minister

14th December

External Relations and Financial Services

Health and Social Services

Chief Minister



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