Guernsey political statements may face questioning

Important statements made during States meetings in Guernsey could be subject to questioning in future, if deputies agree to proposals.

The States Assembly and Constitution Committee suggested the rules change to ensure information relating to public announcements could be challenged.

It has proposed a 15-minute window be allowed for questioning.

Deputy Ivan Rihoy, the committee's chairman, said the current system was not democratic.

He said if a statement referred to the business of the States, members may have questions on the subject which may not otherwise be brought before the assembly.

Under the proposals, questions would not be permitted on statements of "a personal nature" or on those made by the presiding officer.

The issue will be decided on at the January States meeting.

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