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Cabinet government in Guernsey not to be discussed

A cabinet-style government will not be discussed as part of a report into the future of the States of Guernsey, the assembly has decided.

A Wales Audit Office (WAO) review said the States failed to fully comply with the six principles of good governance.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was tasked with making recommendations, but has now been limited to suggestions related to the current structure.

PAC said it was going to consult with the WAO in producing the report.

Pragmatic approach

It was passed by 30 votes to 10 with five States members abstaining.

Deputy Matt Fallaize was behind the requete, supported by 13 other deputies, and he said it was about adopting a pragmatic approach.

Members of PAC, which commissioned the report from the Wales Audit Office, drew criticism for abstaining and not speaking during the debate after an initial statement by committee chairman Deputy Leon Gallienne.

Deputy Gloria Dudley-Owen was one of those who felt there were questions Deputy Gallienne needed to answer: "To say I am disappointed that Deputy Gallienne will not speak in debate is an understatement. PAC is accountable to the assembly for the stance it has taken."

The system was last changed in 2004 with the machinery of government review.

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