Policy & Resources Committee

The Policy & Resources Committee is the Senior Committee of the system of government in Guernsey. It was created on 1 May 2016 to replace the Policy Council of Guernsey.

Policy and Resources Committee of Guernsey
Logo of the Policy and Resources Committee
Committee overview
Formed1 May 2016; 7 years ago (2016-05-01)
Preceding committee
JurisdictionStates of Guernsey
HeadquartersSir Charles Frossard House, La Charroterie, St. Peter Port, GY1 1FH
Employees5
Committee executive
WebsitePolicy and Resources Committee

Guernsey generally operates a system of government by committees and consensus. There were no registered political parties until 2020. The States of Deliberation is both parliament and executive, but it delegates most of its executive functions to policy-specific committees, which are known as the six principal committees, each of which is run by five political members, all of whom have equal voting power.

Objectives edit

To provide advice for the States of Guernsey, to develop policies and programmes and to implement such policies when approved relating to:[1]

  • Leadership and co-ordination of the work of the States
  • Fiscal policy, economic affairs and the financial and other resources of the States
  • External relations and international and constitutional affairs
  • Other matters which have been delegated to the Committee

Committee edit

The committee is elected by States Deputies until the next general election.[2] The next election will be in June 2025.[3]

The current committee comprises a president and four members.[4]

The president of the committee is the de facto head of government of Guernsey and may be given the title Chief Minister. The vice president may also use the title Deputy Chief Minister.[5]

One person in the committee is nominated as Lead Person for External Affairs;[1] the title Minister for External Affairs is sometimes used.

Portfolio Deputy Appointed Title Notes
President Lyndon Trott 13 December 2023 Chief Minister [6]
Vice President Heidi Soulsby 14 December 2023 Deputy Chief Minister [7] [8]
John Gollop 14 December 2023 [7]
Jonathan Le Tocq 14 December 2023 Minister for External Affairs [7] [8]
Bob Murray 14 December 2023 [7]
Head of the Public Service Mark De Garis 13 July 2022

Election edit

The 40 States Deputies hold an election to determine the President, with successive rounds of voting continuing until an outright winner is elected. All candidates having to be proposed and seconded.

Shortly afterwards, the newly elected president may name his preferred committee members, however it is the votes of the States Deputies that elect the remaining four committee members. All candidates having to be proposed and seconded.

A lost vote to a motion of "no confidence" in the committee results in the immediate resignation of the President and Members of the Policy & Resources Committee, the States of Deliberation having no confidence in the said Committee[9] and will result in an immediate election of first a new President and then the new committee members.

Avoidance of conflict of interest edit

No person on the Committee may be a president or member of the six principal committees, or of the Scrutiny Management Committee, the Development & Planning Authority, or the Transport Licensing Authority.[1]

Six principal committees edit

Civil servants edit

The Policy and Resources Committee is assisted by key civil servants:[1]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Policy & Resources". States of Guernsey. 15 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Policy and Resources Elections today". Island FM. 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Elections & Electoral Roll". Retrieved 15 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Guernsey Policy and Resources Committee chosen". BBC. 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "P&R To Use Old Titles". 18 February 2019. Archived from the original on 18 February 2019. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Lyndon Trott returns as Guernsey's Chief Minister 11 years after leaving government". ITV. 13 December 2023. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d "Now get on with the job…". 14 December 2023.
  8. ^ a b "New P&R Committee elected in Guernsey". 14 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Motion of No Confidence in the Policy & Resources Committee". Retrieved 15 December 2023.

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