Monitoring States Resolutions
Monday 16 April 2012
The Scrutiny Committee has published a discussion document aimed at improving the effectiveness of departments in implementing States' decisions.
The Committee has made nine recommendations aimed at making States' decisions (known as resolutions) more robust and departments more easily held to account for their implementation.
The document includes a proposed specification for a publicly accessible and searchable database of States resolutions. Departments would be responsible for reporting the progress made against resolutions falling within their mandate.
Deputy Barry Brehaut, Scrutiny Committee Chairman, comments:
"The effective implementation of government's decisions is at the heart of good governance arrangements and the ability of Guernsey to be a self-governing democracy. The Committee's proposals in this report would ensure that departments' performance in implementing resolutions would be transparent and easily monitored. At the moment, the States and departments themselves have difficulty keeping track of their performance and the general public have little chance of finding out meaningful information on how States' decisions are being implemented."
The proposed database would enable anybody to search resolutions on-line and see their status. This will be on a range of search criteria, for example it might be in relation to a single topic of interest; or all resolutions relating to a particular department; or all decisions made on a particular Billet d'État or States Report.
This will be for the successor Scrutiny Committee, after elections, to take forward taking into account any feedback received from this discussion document. It should be possible to have the database up and running by the end of 2012.
The report is available at the link below and the deadline for responses is Monday 18 June 2012.
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