Guernsey States agree emergency group membership

The creation of a committee with the powers to deal with civil emergencies in Guernsey has moved a step closer, with the approval of draft legislation.

It will be sent to the Privy Council for approval before it becomes law.

In its report the Policy Council said there were currently no powers to deal with developing situations that fell short of a full emergency.

The States also agreed who would deputize for its members when they were unavailable.

This was an issue that had been raised when deputies approved the creation of the Civil Contingencies Authority in December.

The panel consists of the chief minister and the ministers of the Home, Public Services and Health and Social Services departments.

The chief minister would be replaced by the deputy chief minister, and if they were unavailable another minister previously nominated by the chief minister.

Ministers would be replaced by their deputy ministers, and if they were absent then another nominated member of the department.

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