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Public Accounts Committee survives no confidence vote

Guernsey's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has survived a vote of no confidence in the States.

Deputies voted by 28 to 17 against the motion calling for the resignation of the committee.

The motion was brought after PAC members failed to take part in a debate on a Wales Audit Office report in last month's States.

Before the vote was taken the committee chairman, Deputy Leon Gallienne, apologised three times to the assembly.

This committee will reflect on the points raised... and will review how we response to the issues and questions in future
Leon Gallienne

In a conciliatory closing speech following nearly a day's debate on the issue Deputy Leon Gallienne said lessons have been learnt.

He said: "I'd like to thank all those deputies who have supported PAC and myself... this has been a difficult time for PAC and its members... this committee will reflect on the points raised... and will review how we respond to the issues and questions in future."

Following the vote PAC member Deputy Martin Storey announced he would be resigning from the Scrutiny Committee following what he believed had been an unwarranted attack on his political judgement during the debate.

He said he had lost all respect for some members of the Scrutiny Committee after their support of the no confidence motion.

His resignation has to be made in writing before it becomes official.

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