States Meeting Summary 19-22 July


22nd July 2021

​Appointments

The Minister for Home Affairs, Deputy Gregory Guida, nominated Deputy Inna Gardiner as a member of the Jersey Police Authority, however the Deputy declined this appointment. The Minister will therefore nominate another individual for this position at the beginning of Tuesday morning's States Meeting.

Question time

Oral questions with notice

Non-executive States Members asked Ministers oral questions with notice for two hours and 20 minutes.

See what questions were asked by skipping to page 13 of the Order Paper.

Listen to Ministers' answers to questions by skipping to 15 minutes into Monday afternoon's meeting, a recording of which will be uploaded here within the next few days.

Oral questions without notice                      

After questions with notice, non-executive States Members asked the following Ministers questions without notice for 45 minutes (15 minutes each):

  • The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Richard Renouf

  • The Minister for Home Affairs, Deputy Gregory Guida

  • The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré

Catch up on questions without notice by skipping to two hours and 30 minutes into Monday afternoon's meeting.  

Announcements

To begin Wednesday's States Meeting, the Deputy Bailiff welcomed the former Bishop of Dover and current Bishop of the Channel Islands, Trevor Willmott, to the States Chamber on his last formal visit to the Island.

Public business 

Landlord licensing scheme

The Minister for the Environment, Deputy John Young, proposed to implement a landlord licensing scheme which would require landlords to licence a rented property. The States Assembly REJECTED the proposition.  

See how States Members voted here.

To watch the full debate, skip to 30 minutes into Tuesday morning's meeting, a recording of which will be available to watch here within the next few days.

Allocation of the former police headquarters to Rouge Bouillon School  

Deputy Inna Gardiner asked States Members to approve the allocation of the former States of Jersey Police headquarters to the expansion of Rouge Bouillon Primary School.

The Minister for Children & Education, Deputy Scott Wickenden, proposed an amendment to the proposition, requesting that other options for the School are considered before the final site is allocated. He also proposed that no other suitable Government-owned site should be identified for another purpose until the School site has been identified and project funding within the Government Plan is complete.

Deputy Inna Gardiner proposed an amendment to the Minister's amendment, requesting that no States-owned site is allocated for another purpose until the strategic review of the education of St. Helier and St. Saviour is complete, and sites are allocated and approved for primary schools according to the educational needs of Parishes.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the allocation of the former police headquarters to the expansion of Rouge Bouillon School, unless an alternative site is identified and allocated for a modern primary school in St. Helier.

See how States Members voted on the amended proposition here.

See how States voted on part a and part b of the Minister for Children and Education's approved amendment, as amended.

See how States Members voted on Deputy Gardiner's approved amendment to the amendment here.

To watch the full debate, skip to two hours and 15 minutes into Tuesday morning's meeting, which continued into Tuesday afternoon.

Income Tax, GST and Revenue Administration Law

The Minister for Treasury & Resources, Deputy Susie Pinel, deferred the proposed Income Tax, GST and Revenue Administration Law for debate until a later date.

Allocation of 2020 lottery ticket sales to Jersey charities

On behalf of the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture, Assistant Minister Deputy Kirsten Morel proposed to equally allocate over £1.5m from 2020 lottery ticket sales to the Jersey Community Foundation and the Association for Jersey Charities for onward Island distribution, as amended by the Economic & International Affairs Scrutiny Panel.

The Economic & International Affairs Panel proposed for the funds allocated to the Association of Jersey Charities to be distributed solely to registered charities and, of the funds allocated to Jersey Community Foundation, 40% to arts, culture and heritage; 40% to sports & active lifestyle; and 20% to applied science or applied research in engineering, biology, ecology, physics, chemistry or mathematics provided that the funds are of benefit to Jersey and its residents.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport & Culture's proposition, as amended by the Economic & International Affairs Scrutiny Panel.

See how States Members voted on the Minister's amended proposition here.

To watch the full debate, skip to one hour and 30 minutes into Tuesday afternoon's meeting.

Change of principal laws relating to elections

Chair of the Privileges & Procedures Committee, Deputy Carina Alves, proposed a number of Articles as part of the Committee's proposed legal changes relating to the 2022 General Election. Included within this proposition is the creation of a Jersey Electoral Authority, changes to nomination process, making postal voting available to all Islanders whether on or off-Island and creating a 'none of the candidates' option on the ballot. These changes were proposed as amended by the Comité des Connétables' four amendments, which can be found here: 1st amendment, 2nd amendment, 3rd amendment and 4th amendment.

The States Assembly have so far voted to APPROVE all the Articles up to 27. How States Members have voted so far on each Article can be found here. The Chair of the Privileges and Procedures Committee will propose the remainder of the Articles from this proposition in tomorrow's States Meeting, which begins at 9:30am on Wednesday morning.

To watch the debate so far, skip to one hour and 45 minutes into Tuesday afternoon's meeting. 

Protection of facilities at Springfield Park and Stadium

Constable Simon Crowcroft proposed that the Minister for Infrastructure and the Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture protect facilities at Springfield Park and Stadium, requesting that they:

  • Maintain the same amount of green space and trees in Springfield Stadium grounds when upgrading the pitch

  • Maintain the current lease agreements with Leeward Child Care Nursery on Springfield Stadium site

  • Review the use of the car park within the Robin Hood gyratory

  • Include Springfield Park and Stadium on the new Town 'hopper' bus service

  • Regularly meet with the residents' association and elected representatives of the area so that the needs of the local community can be taken into account for the current and future use of the Park and Stadium

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the proposition, with the exception of
part (a)(ii), which requested to leave the children's playground in its present position and was WITHDRAWN.

See how States Members voted on green space and tree planting, the lease agreements with the nursery, and the use of the car park and the bus service

Criminal Procedure regulations

The Minister for Home Affairs, Deputy Gregory Guida, proposed to bring into force regulations as part of the approved Criminal Procedure Law 2018 which replaces the old method by which eligible jurors are drawn up to account for the changes made in the Law.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the proposition.

See how States Members voted here.

Criminal Procedure Law: supplementary amendments

The Minister proposed supplementary amendments to the revised Criminal Procedure Law 2018, including to ensure the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee can make the necessary rules to manage the operation of courts, as amended.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the regulations, as amended.

See how States Members voted here.

Criminal Procedure Law: Appointed Day

The Minister for Home Affairs proposed to bring into force the remaining provisions of the Criminal Procedure Law 2018 on 1 October 2021.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE the proposition on a standing vote.

Affordable homes in the South Hill development

Senator Sam Mézec proposed, in relation to the South Hill Development, that:

  1. No residential properties should be sold on to buy-to-let investors

  2. The Chief Minister use his powers under the Control of Work and Housing Law to put such conditions on the South Hill properties

  3. The Council of Ministers aim to maximise homes designated for 'affordable purchase' via a report presented to the States Assembly by the end of August which will be used to guide the States of Jersey Development Company

  4. The Minister for Treasury and Resources instruct the States of Jersey Development Company accordingly

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE all parts of the proposition. See how States Members voted on parts a and b, part c and part d.

Parental Bereavement Leave 

Deputy Steve Ahier requested that the Minister for Social Security proposes to grant all employees the right to two weeks of Parental Bereavement Leave following the death of a child under the age of 18, and for the States to fully meet the cost of this scheme.

The States Assembly voted to APPROVE Deputy Steve Ahier's proposition.

See how States Members voted here.

This week's States Meeting will resume at 9:30am tomorrow, Friday 23 July, to debate the Minister for Housing & Communities' proposed revised terms for the Les Quennevais Park Loan Scheme

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