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 2022

18th January Home Affairs

Infrastructure

Chief Minister

8th February

International DevelopmentSocial SecurityChief Minister

1st March

Treasury and ResourcesHousing and CommunitiesChief Minister
29th March 

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Children and EducationChief Minister

25th April

Environment

External Relations and Financial ServicesChief Minister
    
13th September Health and Social Services

Home Affairs

Chief Minister

4th October

Housing and Communities

Infrastructure

Chief Minister
1st November International Development

Social Security

Chief Minister

22nd November

Treasury and ResourcesChildren and EducationChief Minister

13th December

Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture

Environment

Chief Minister



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