Guernsey

Minister defends spend on Guernsey's historical objects

Mike O'Hara
Image caption The minister said the island's cultural identity was as important as health

Guernsey's Culture and Leisure minister has defended his department's right to spend £250,000 a year on safeguarding the island's historical objects.

Money for the four-year project may be reallocated for free bowel cancer screening or a review of the terms and conditions of States staff.

Deputy Mike O'Hara said culture and leisure was not as emotive a subject as health, but it was just as important.

He said: "A society without any culture, ceases to become a society."

Two proposals to change the funding priorities to the two different projects go before the States next week.

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