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The States of Deliberation meet at the end of each month, except in school holidays, to discuss and debate reports, draft legislation and other matters. Information relating to past and forthcoming Meetings can be accessed via this page.

The items for discussion are contained in a publication called a Billet d'État. Information about the Members of the States of Deliberation and the Rules of Procedure for States' Meetings can be found within the Red Book [5Mb]

  • States Meeting on 12 June 2019

    • The relevant papers for the next States' Meeting can be accessed here. This page contains the agenda for the meeting, the combined PDF of the Billet d'État and links to each individual item lodged.
    • The decisions of the States each day ('Resolutions') are published in the 'Downloads' section of this page and the Official Report ('Hansard') will also be uploaded once completed.
  • Future States Meetings

  • Previous States Meetings

  • States' Resolutions: decisions of the States

    • After each day of a States' Meeting, a document setting out the decisions of the States of Deliberation that day is produced and published - the States' Resolutions. This is published in the download section of each States' Meeting page.
    • The following spreadsheet and PDF provide an index of 2019 States decisions for each proposition considered at a States Meeting, including links to the Resolution documents:

      spreadsheet icon Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (Excel) [32kb]
      pdf icon Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (PDF) [525kb]
    • Work is also progressing on a 'resolutions database' where people will be able to monitor the status of resolutions and information on this will be available in due course and a link provided on this page.
  • Voting and voting records

    • Voting is conducted in French with Members being asked to vote 'Pour' a Proposition if they are in favour of it or 'Contre' if they are against. A Member may also call 'Je Ne Vote Pas' if they do not wish to exercise their right to vote on the proposition.
    • The majority of votes are held "de vives voix". This means the Presiding Officer asks Members to call out their vote collectively 'Pour' or 'Contre' then announces the decision. No record of which Members voted Pour or Contre, or who is absent or abstaining from the vote, is made but the decision is recorded in the States' Resolutions.
    • On request or if a vote held "de vives voix" is too close to call, a vote is held by 'appel nominal' i.e. a recorded vote, where each Member votes in turn by calling out his or her vote. A 'voting record' is then produced and published below the relevant item on the States' Meeting page.
    • The following spreadsheet and PDF provides links to the recorded votes taken in 2019.

      spreadsheet icon Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (Excel) [32kb]
      pdf icon Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (PDF) [525kb]
  • Statements, Speeches and Hansard (the official record of States' Meetings)

  • Written questions from States Members to Committees submitted outside States Meetings

    • States Members are able to put written questions to Committees under Rule 14 (previously Rule 6) of the Rules of Procedure.
    • The relevant Committee is required under the Rules to provide an answer to the question within 15 clear days from receiving it. The question(s) and answer(s) are then published by the Greffe and are available to view online here.
  • Rules of Procedure of States' Meetings

    • These are the rules which govern how Meetings of the States of Deliberation are run and can be read at the following link Rules of Procedure (A4 Version) [1Mb] and in the 'Red Book'.
  • Constitution of the States of Deliberation and Presiding Officers

    • The States of Deliberation comprise:
       
      • A Presiding Officer, who is ex officio the Bailiff (Sir Richard Collas) (or in his absence the Deputy Bailiff (Richard James McMahon), as Deputy Presiding Officer)
      • The two Law Officers of the Crown: Her Majesty's Procureur (Attorney-General) (M.M.E. Pullum, Q.C.) and Her Majesty's Comptroller (Solicitor-General)(R.M. Titterington, Q.C.)
      • Guernsey People's Deputies and two Representatives of the States of Alderney
    • The Bailiff of Guernsey is the ex-officio Presiding Officer. He is also the senior judge of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the first citizen of the Bailiwick.
    • It is the Presiding Officer's duty to maintain order, moderate debate and regulate the conduct of business.
    • The Presiding Officer may appoint Members of the States as Acting Presiding Officers.  These are normally the most senior Members. The current Acting Presiding Officers are: Deputy Mary M Lowe, Deputy John A B Gollop and Deputy Peter J Roffey.
    • The Law Officers of the Crown have seats ex officio: they have a voice but no vote.
    • In addition to the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff and the Law Officers of the Crown who are Crown appointments, Her Majesty The Queen also appoints a Lieutenant Governor, who is her personal representative in the Bailiwick.

Downloads

2018 - 2020 States Meeting Dates Rota of statements by Presidents of Committees of the States and the nominated Alderney Representative Submission deadlines for 2018 - 2020 States' Meetings Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (Excel) Red Book

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