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Call to prioritise social laws

A deputy has called for social issues to be given a higher priority by legislators in Guernsey.

Deputy Jean Pritchard is concerned some new legislation is being delayed to make way for laws governing business and the island's finance industry.

She said more attention needed to paid to mental health, sexual discrimination and the gay age of consent laws.

"I feel sometimes the concentration and the pressure is on legislation with regard to financial aspects," she said.

"Maybe the social issues which are really important are perhaps taking a back seat."

She pointed to a decision several years ago by the States to introduce legislation for a sex offenders' register in Guernsey which may not be drafted until next year.

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