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States of Guernsey June 2010 meeting round-up

The power of the parishes, the airport firefighters report, tobacco controls and island-wide voting were all on the agenda of the June 2010 States meeting.

The biggest news from the States was probably the decision to ban all cigarette vending machines.

Deputies decided a charter should be written up to define the relationship of the parish authorities and the States.

They also deferred a discussion on island-wide voting.

Other issues

During the two days of debate the Health and Social Services Minister Hunter Adam called for a review of his department's services.

The Public Services Minister Bernard Flouquet said his department was committed to ensuring the airport's runway would only close as a "last resort" during the work to upgrade, due to start next year.

The Commerce and Employment department was questioned over what it was doing to help farmers and its Minister Carla McNulty Bauer said farm loans were still available along with commercial loans at a reasonable rate of interest.

During the debate on the role of the parish authorities Deputy Francis Quin suggested that the Sunday trading laws, which are administered by the parish, were outdated and needed to be thrown out or heavily changed.

The amount Guernsey gives in overseas aid was described as "unacceptable" by Deputy Mark Dorey. The island is due to give about £2.5m this year, the same as during 2009. Deputy Dorey said it was low in comparison to other jurisdictions. However, Deputy Dave Jones said it was important to remember that islanders gave a lot more to overseas charities in other ways.

Questions were also asked about a new policy that allows civil servants to sell some of their annual leave. Under the new agreement they are able to trade five days of their holiday for extra pay.

In response to concerns about the potential cost the chairman of the Public Sector Remuneration Committee, Allister Langlois, said his committee had felt it would not have too much of an impact on staffing budgets.

May 2010 States meeting summary
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