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States attendance 'needs logging', says one deputy

Barry Brehaut
Deputy Brehaut said deputies needed to commit to three day meetings

A new registration system should be introduced to monitor the time deputies spend in States of Guernsey meetings, says one island politician.

Deputy Barry Brehaut wants the system to change and deputies to commit more to meetings.

Currently, deputies have to register at the start of each day of their monthly meetings and if they are late, their presence can be belatedly recognised.

But their absence is not recorded if they leave before the end of the day.

Deputy Brehaut said: "We sit for three days and everyone knows that...people should have the good manners and grace to say 'right that's a three-day obligation at the end of the month and we will all be there'."

He wants deputies to log whether they have left the meeting for personal reasons, for States business or for other reasons.

His comments followed 13 States members missing some or all of the third day of debate last month.

States meeting are held from Wednesdays to Fridays and can be ended at any time in the three days if business has been concluded, but can also on occasion be extended either into the Saturday or to reconvene a fortnight later.

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