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April 2010 States of Guernsey meeting summary

The April meeting of Guernsey's States of Deliberation included calls for votes of no confidence and decisions on future motions and projects.

After an £11.1m overspend on repairs to the new jetty new rules may be introduced for future capital projects.

And all motions in the house will now need to include full cost implications.

The details of the Guernsey Airport firefighters deal was given in a statement to the house, while sites were identified for light industry.

Deputies agreed to extend the current health and safety at work law to cover the island's territorial waters to protect anyone working on tidal power projects around Guernsey.

Deputy Martin Storey attempted to get St Peter Port designated as a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site.

He had requested the Environment Department investigate the potential for and implications of such a move and said it could raise the island's profile, promote community spirit and protect town's heritage, but his move was defeated, without being debated.

The States also voted without debate to accept the requete from Deputy Dave Jones to review the role of the Office of Utility Regulation and competition in the electricity and postal markets. Commerce and Employment Minister Deputy Carla McNulty Bauer told the states her department had no objections to the requete. The report is due to be brought to the States in October.

Lack of confidence?

Deputy David De Lisle has tried to gather support for a possible vote of no confidence in Guernsey's Public Services Department.

He said he was not happy with the way the waste issue was being handled and the progress made to meet the island's fifty percent recycling target.

Health and Social Services Minister Hunter Adam ended up giving a "back me or sack me" call after a speech from the Chief Minister in which Deputy Lyndon Trott said you could not trust the department with its budget.

It has been claimed the department overspent by £13m last year.

Deputy Adam said if Deputy Trott felt that strongly he should bring a vote of no confidence himself.

Election to scrutiny

Deputy David de Lisle was elected to the States Scrutiny Committee.

He takes the place of Deputy Martin Storey who resigned his seat on the committee in February following what he believed had been an unwarranted attack on his political judgement during a debate.

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