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Should deputies use smart phones during meetings?
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Should smart phones be banned from the States Chamber?

Soon after the formation of the new government in the UK, David Cameron announced that smart phones would not be allowed in government meetings.

With this in mind should the States of Guernsey follow a similar route?

Deputy Matt Fallaize said he favours a ban: "We're there to debate and listen... you can't do that if you're concentrating on emails coming in."

Deputy Lyndon Trott agreed they could be a distraction, but said they were of more benefit than the nuisance caused.

The States debated the issue in September 2009 and decided there was no reason to ban the use of mobile and smart phones during their meetings, however opinion was divided on the subject.

Some cited the new technology as the States keeping up with modern times while others said they were a distraction.

Deputy Trott pointed out that the House of Commons in the UK is "one of the only parliaments in the world where they can't have laptops".

While Deputy Fallaize argued that in light of the UK government's decision after the 2010 general election, "perhaps we should revise our thinking".

Should the States be allowed smart phones in meetings?


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