The States of Deliberation meet every three weeks, except in school holidays, to discuss and debate reports, draft legislation and other matters. Information relating to past and forthcoming Meetings can be accessed via this page.
The items for discussion are contained in a publication called a Billet d'État. Information about the Members of the States of Deliberation and the Rules of Procedure for States' Meetings can be found within the Blue Book.
States Meeting on 29th March 2023
- The relevant papers for the next States' Meeting can be accessed here . This page contains the agenda for the meeting, the combined PDF of the Billet d'État and links to each individual item lodged.
- The decisions of the States each day ('Resolutions') are published in the 'Downloads' section of this page and the Official Report ('Hansard') will also be uploaded once completed.
Visiting the Public Gallery
- Video - How to access the States Chamber
- Members of the public are welcome to watch the proceedings of the States of Deliberation whenever they are in session. Details on attending the public gallery are available in the video link above.
- Glossary of Guernsey Parliamentary Terms [151kb]
- The Simultaneous Electronic Voting System was introduced at the States' Meeting on 7th September 2022. Details of all votes taken using SEV can be found here: statesvoting-records.gov.gg
Future States Meetings
- Information about the next States' Meetings are added to the relevant pages when items are submitted or the content of the Billet d'État is confirmed:
Items lodged for future States Meetings
- If an item has been submitted to the States' Greffier to be presented to the States but not yet scheduled for a specific States' Meeting, it is listed below.
- These items will be included in the 'Schedule for Future Business' which the Policy & Resources Committee asks the States of Deliberation to approve at the end of each meeting. This schedule determines at which meetings items will be discussed. The items below will be moved to the relevant meeting page once the schedule is approved.
Previous States Meetings
- Once a States' Meeting has taken place, the relevant meeting page is added to the States Meeting information index. The most recent meetings are listed below for ease of access:
States' Resolutions: decisions of the States
- After each day of a States' Meeting, a document setting out the decisions of the States of Deliberation that day is produced and published - the States' Resolutions. This is published in the download section of each States' Meeting page.
Voting and voting records
- From 7th September 2022 the majority of voting in the States was taken using a new Simultaneous Electronic Voting System.
- The Voting Records from this Meeting onwards can be accessed here: statesvoting-records.gov.gg.
- A vote shall be taken using the electronic voting system, unless:
- (a) there is a requirement that the vote is taken by secret ballot;
- (b) it is a vote on a procedural motion where no division is requested; or
- (c) it is unavailable
- Members may only vote from a seat within the States Chamber.
- Votes on procedural motions will be taken "de vives voix" This means the Presiding Officer asks Members to call out their vote collectively 'Pour' or 'Contre' then announces the decision.
- On request or if a vote held "de vives voix" on a procedural motion is too close to call, a vote will be held using SEV.
- In the event the electronic voting system is unavailable, a Member will announce his or her vote or abstention in a division (appel nominal) i.e. a recorded vote, where each Member votes in turn by calling out his or her vote.
Statements, Speeches and Hansard (the official record of States' Meetings)
- You can read the statements delivered in the States of Deliberation here.
- After a meeting is concluded, a 'Hansard' i.e. the official report of the proceedings of the States of Deliberation is produced. This is a near verbatim report of the entire proceedings and is produced for each day (usually within a month of the meeting). This is published in the download section of each States' Meeting page.
- The following spreadsheet and PDF provides links to the Hansard of the States' Meetings.
Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (Excel) [92kb]
Index of reports, decisions, voting records and Hansard (PDF) [1Mb]
Written questions from States Members to Committees submitted outside States Meetings
- States Members are able to put written questions to Committees under Rule 14 of the Rules of Procedure.
- The relevant Committee is required under the Rules to provide an answer to the question within 15 clear days from receiving it. The question(s) and answer(s) are then published by the States' Greffier and are available to view online here.
Rules of Procedure of the States of Deliberation and their Committees
- These are the rules which govern how Meetings of the States of Deliberation and their Committees are run and can be read at the following link Rules of Procedure (A4 Version) [1Mb] and in the 'Blue Book'. A Quick Reference to the Rules of Procedure [476kb] provides a overview guide of the Rules.
- During the COVID pandemic, Remote Meetings of the States of Deliberation were held and the Rules were adapted to faciliatate this. The Rules of such remote Meetings can be read at the following link The Rules of Procedure of Remote Meetings of the States of Deliberation [610kb].
Constitution of the States of Deliberation and Presiding Officers
- The States of Deliberation comprise:
- A Presiding Officer, who is ex officio the Bailiff (Richard McMahon) (or in his absence the Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland, as Deputy Presiding Officer)
- The two Law Officers of the Crown: His Majesty's Procureur (Attorney-General) (M.M.E. Pullum, K.C.) and His Majesty's Comptroller (Solicitor-General)(R.M. Titterington, K.C.)
- Guernsey People's Deputies and two Representatives of the States of Alderney
- The Bailiff of Guernsey is the ex-officio Presiding Officer. He is also the senior judge of the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the first citizen of the Bailiwick.
- It is the Presiding Officer's duty to maintain order, moderate debate and regulate the conduct of business.
- The Presiding Officer may appoint Members of the States as Acting Presiding Officers. These are normally the most senior Members. The current Acting Presiding Officers are: Deputy John A B Gollop, Deputy Peter J Roffey and Deputy Lyndon S Trott.
- The Law Officers of the Crown have seats ex officio: they have a voice but no vote.
- In addition to the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff and the Law Officers of the Crown who are Crown appointments, His Majesty The King also appoints a Lieutenant Governor, who is his personal representative in the Bailiwick.
Meeting of the Youth States
- A Youth States Meeting took place on Saturday 26th June 2021