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 2019
First Session 2019
|15th January||Education||Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture|
|29th January||Environment||Chief Minister|
|12th February||Treasury and Resources||Children and Housing|
|26th February||External Relations||Chief Minister|
|12th March||Social Security||Home Affairs|
|26th March||International Development||Chief Minister|
|30th April||Infrastructure||Health and Social Services|
|21st May||Education||Chief Minister|
|4th June||Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture||Environment|
|18th June||Treasury and Resources||Chief Minister|
|2nd July||Children and Housing||External Relations|
|16th July||Social Security||Chief Minister|
Second Session 2019
|10th September||Home Affairs||International Development|
|24th September||Infrastructure||Chief Minister|
|8th October||Health and Social Services||Education|
|22nd October||Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture||Chief Minister|
|12th November||Environment||Treasury and Resources|
|26th November||Children and Housing||Chief Minister|