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Guernsey's public services no confidence vote defeated

Bernard Flouquet
Deputy Flouquet said a new strategy was a priority for his department

A vote of no confidence in Guernsey's public services department was heavily defeated after almost a day of debate.

The motion, brought by seven deputies over the department's handling of the island's waste strategy, was lost by a vote of 36-10.

In February the States abandoned plans for a waste-to-energy plant and decided to begin a new strategy from scratch.

Public Services Minister Bernard Flouquet said the department remained committed to finding a new strategy.

The motion, which was led by Deputy David De Lisle, called for the resignation of all five members of the board as two of them, Deputy Flouquet and Deputy Tony Spruce, have said they would take no part in putting the new strategy together.

Secret ballot

Deputy De Lisle said he saw the vote of no confidence as a chance for the States to make sure they had the best team in place to tackle the problem.

Deputy Flouquet thanked the deputies for "this vote of confidence" in public services and added: "PSD [public services department] and the WDA [waste disposal authority] as part of that will do everything within its power... to bring back a strategy to this assembly as soon as we possibly can."

Deputies also debated the suggestion of a secret ballot, put forward by Deputy John Gollop, which would have involved suspending the rules of the States.

The move, which was described as "political cowardice" by one deputy, was defeated 32-14.

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