Jersey chief minister aims to create new ministerial role

Senator Ian Gorst Image copyright Ian Gorst
Image caption Senator Ian Gorst was returned to the post of chief minister unopposed

A new ministerial role could be created in Jersey's government to oversee financial services, the digital sector, competition and innovation.

Senator Ian Gorst suggested the move as he named his candidates for the 10 ministerial positions in the States.

His aim for the role is to initially appoint Senator Philip Ozouf as an assistant chief minister and give him responsibility for this portfolio.

Making it a permanent ministerial post would need States approval.

Mr Gorst has put forward Senator Paul Routier as his other assistant chief minister with responsibility for promoting social inclusion and developing population policies.

Proposed ministerial team
Treasury and Resources Senator Alan Maclean
Health and Social Services Senator Andrew Green
External Relations Senator Sir Philip Bailhache
Transport and Technical Services Deputy Eddie Noel
Home Affairs Deputy Kristina Moore
Economic Development Senator Lyndon Farnham
Social Security Deputy Susie Pinel
Education, Sport and Culture Deputy Rod Bryans
Housing Deputy Anne Pryke
Planning and Environment Deputy Steve Luce

Changes to the responsibilities of each ministry are also being proposed:

  • Education, Sport and Culture will become Education and Skills, in order to equip the workforce with the skills they need
  • Economic Development will bring together responsibility for tourism, retail, sport and culture, gambling, transport links, farming, business development and inward investment
  • Planning and Environment will take the lead on the marine environment and seas fisheries
  • Responsibility for Jersey Property Holdings will be transferred from Treasury and Resources to Transport and Technical Services

Voting on the changes is due to take place on Thursday.

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