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Falla speaks out over States row
Stuart Falla
Mr Falla was Commerce and Employment Minister
The man at the centre of a major political row in Guernsey has told the States he feels as if he is on trial.

Deputy Stuart Falla's part in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital row was at the heart of the debate in the States.

The entire Policy Council resigned after a damning report from the Wales Audit Office (WAO) into the tendering process for the hospital's new block.

The Policy Council's letters of resignation were handed to the island's government on Wednesday.

Elections

The WAO carried out an independent investigation following concerns the Policy Council may have used its influence to encourage building firm RG Falla to withdraw its tender for the clinical block, despite its bid being 2.4m lower than the one accepted.

Mr Falla was Commerce and Employment Minister as well as a shareholder in RG Falla.

But he said in his three years in office no States department for which RG Falla has worked has asked for clarification of his role.

"Never once in the process of the last three years has either a political member of a board, nor a senior officer within those departments ever come to me and asked me to explain my precise relationship with the contracting company, or for that matter with any other companies in the group," he said.

States of Guernsey
Ministers will be elected on 7 March

Following the resignations an election for the post of Chief Minister will take place on 5 March.

The post is vacant following Laurie Morgan's resignation last month.

Deputies Mike Torode, Jonathon Le Tocq and Bernard Flouquet have already announced their intention to run.

Mr Morgan has said he will wait until after the debate to reveal whether he will stand again for re-election.

The other ministers for the Policy Council will be elected on 7 March and any positions created on committees and departments will be filled on 9 March.


SEE ALSO
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16 Feb 07 |  Guernsey
Deputy steps out of election race
14 Feb 07 |  Guernsey
States relaxes eligibility rules
13 Feb 07 |  Guernsey

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