To support a high standard of living and quality of life by maintaining and promoting a safe, stable and equitable society which values public protection and justice and respects the rights, responsibilities and potential of every person.
Constituted as a Principal Committee of the States with effect from 1 May 2016.
- A President and four members who shall be members of the States: provided that neither the President nor any member of the Committee for Home Affairs shall be the President or a member of the Policy & Resources Committee or the President of the Scrutiny Management Committee; and up to two non-voting members appointed by the Committee who shall not be members of the States.
- President: Mary Lowe
- Vice-President: Marc Leadbeater
- Members: Victoria Oliver, Jeremy Smithies, Paul Le Pelley
- Chief Secretary: Adrian Lewis
- To support a high standard of living and quality of life by maintaining and promoting a safe, stable and equitable society which values public protection and justice and respects the rights, responsibilities and potential of every person.
Responsibilities - Policy, Advisory & General
- To advise the States and to develop and implement policies on matters relating to its purpose, including:
- 1. crime prevention;
- 2. law enforcement, including policing and customs;
- 3. justice policy;
- 4. the association between justice and social policy, for example domestic abuse and the misuse of drugs and alcohol;
- 5. the new population management regime, once introduced;
- 6. immigration and the housing control and right to work regimes;
- 7. imprisonment, parole, probation and rehabilitation;
- 8. fire, rescue and salvage;
- 9. consumer protection and advice;
- 10. trading standards;
- 11. data protection;
- 12. emergency planning;
- 13. civil defence;
- 14. lotteries and gambling;
- 15. the electoral roll.
- To exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the Committee by extant States' resolutions, including those resolutions or parts of resolutions which relate to matters for the time being within the mandate of the Committee for Home Affairs and which conferred functions on the former Commerce and Employment Department, Home Department and Housing Department.
- To fulfil the responsibilities and operation functions set out below.
- A. General Responsibilities of the Policy & Resources Committee and all Principal Committees
- 1. to contribute to fulfilling the States' objectives and policy plans, including by supporting and participating in cross-committee work;
- 2. to monitor and report on policy outcomes in areas relating to its mandate;
- 3. to ensure that public funds and other resources are used to best advantage, including through co-operative and flexible working practices.
- B. General Responsibilities of all Committees of the States
- 1. to exercise powers and perform duties conferred on the committee by extant legislation and by extant States' resolutions;
- 2. to be accountable to the States for all policies developed, actions taken and services delivered or overseen by the committee;
- 3. to be accountable to the States for the management and safeguarding of public funds and other resources entrusted to the committee;
- 4. in any policy letter submitted to the States to set out clearly how the proposals contained therein relate to the duties and powers or the purpose and policy responsibilities of the committee, how the proposals contribute to the States' objectives and policy plans and what joint working or consultation has taken place with other committees;
- 5. to act in accordance with the Rules of Procedure of the States and their committees;
- 6. to be aware of the powers, duties and limits of the committee's mandate and to respect and not to undermine the mandates of other committees of the States;
- 7. to be aware that a committee of the States is in effect an agent of the States of Guernsey exercising functions conferred on it by resolution of, or legislation approved by, the States of Deliberation; and as such to respect that, save in specific circumstances where legislation provides otherwise, the States may at any time they consider it desirable issue directions to a committee and that committee shall be expected to carry into effect any such directions irrespective of whether that committee or any of its individual members agree or disagree with such directions: provided that the rejection by the States of recommendations or advice of a committee shall not ipso facto require the resignation of that committee.
- C. Reference to Enactments
- 1. unless otherwise provided, or the context requires otherwise, a reference to an enactment in the mandate of a committee is to be interpreted as a reference to the enactment as from time to time amended, re-enacted with or without modification, extended or applied.
- The Committee for Home Affairs shall deliver or oversee the delivery of those operational functions which immediately before the 1st of May, 2016 were delivered by:
- (a) the Home Department, with the exception that the following operational functions will transfer:
- to the Committee for Economic Development
- - Broadcasting services
- (b) the Housing Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
- - Administration of the Housing Control and Right to Work Laws
- - Administration of the Open Market Housing Register
- (c) the Commerce and Employment Department, in relation to the following operational functions only:
- - The offices of trading standards, and consumer protection advice.
- For details regarding how the Committee processes personal data, please see the Data Protection page.