Review procedures in connection with the Island's Constitution and Government
Constituted as a Committee of the States with effect from 1 May 2016.
Duties & Powers
- To advise the States and to develop and implement policies in relation to:
- 1. the constitutions of the States of Deliberation and the States of Election;
- 2. the procedures and practices of the States of Deliberation and committees of the States;
- 3. the practical functioning of the States of Deliberation and the States of Election;
- 4. the induction, on-going support and provision of facilities and equipment for States' members;
- 5. the broadcasting of proceedings of the States of Deliberation and States of Election;
- 6. elections to the office of People's Deputy;
- 7. matters concerning the propriety and conduct of States' members.
- 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 States' Assembly & Constitution Committee and which conferred functions on the former States' Assembly & Constitution Committee which existed until the 30th of April, 2016.
- 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 States' Assembly & Constitution Committee shall deliver or oversee the delivery of those operational functions which immediately before the 1st of May, 2016 were delivered by the States' Assembly and Constitution Committee.
The Rules of Procedure of the States of Deliberation and their Committees: suggested changes
- The States' Assembly & Constitution Committee periodically submits policy letters to the States of Deliberation containing proposals for reform which, in the opinion of the Committee and based on experience of events, would benefit the way the States function as a democratic parliament and government.
- The Committee published the policy letter 'Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the States of Deliberation and their Committees' on 11th September, 2018. This is available to read at the following link: Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the States of Deliberation and their Committees.
- In line with the practice started in 2013, the Committee has distributed to States' Members a copy of the Rules with the changes proposed in the Propositions shown with 'tracked changes'. A copy of the proposed amended Rules can be found by clicking on the following link: The Rules of Procedure – proposed changes (draft) [1Mb]