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Radical change to States proposed

Stuart Falla
Mr Falla stood down from the States at the 2008 elections

A former deputy chief minister has suggested an end to the Policy Council and a mechanism to dissolve the house if it does not deliver.

Stuart Falla was speaking at an Institute of Directors seminar into the future governance of the island.

He said: "I don't think we have a system that attracts the talent that we need."

Two months on from the critical Wales Audit Office report, the States said change remains top of the agenda.

I would love to see it delivered but there's an awful lot of opposition to overcome before you could deliver that style of government
Mike Tidd

The report's criticisms included that the States did not provide good value for money and that the current structure did not allow for clear, corporate leadership.

Mr Falla agreed saying: "I don't think we have the right form of leadership, that's not the individuals involved concerned it's the processes."

The Public Accounts Committee was tasked with finding recommendations based on the Wales Audit Office report.

Chairman Leon Gallienne said it remained top of the agenda and the recommendations would be in front of the States within six months.

He said the public, businesses and his fellow deputies wanted change.

Some at the seminar, including Mike Tidd, the chief operating officer of Collas Day, thought any change in the way the States of Guernsey govern the island was a long way off.

Mr Tidd said: "I was heartened by some of the ideas and some of the thoughts that came out in the debate.

"I would love to see it delivered, but there's an awful lot of opposition to overcome before you could deliver that style of government."

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