|Questions being asked by:
to the Policy & Resources Committee
|1. Is the decision and aspirations to lease or purchase a new passenger ship car ferry specifically identified in the approved States Government Work business plan?
2. Has the Policy and Resources Committee consulted other States bodies and stakeholders with an interest in transportation on the ferry acquisition decision?
3. Has the Policy and Resources Committee researched and market tested the potential need and demand for an additional slow passenger ferry both from Guernsey and Jersey too?
4. Will the additional passenger car traditional ferry supplement or potentially replace the Liberation type fast ferry service?
5. Could the ferry boat acquisition lead to additional direct sailings on the Southern French route to St Malo and facilities to Cherbourg and overnight services to Poole Dorset?
to the Committee
for the Environment & Infrastructure
|1. Will the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure liaise with the Committee for Home Affairs and other relevant bodies to ensure that a sufficient mass of critical key workers both local and migrant are available to drive our essential scheduled public contracted bus services as well as schools duties?
2. In view of the recent acquisition of several smaller Mercedes' sprinter midi or minibuses will the Committee be seeking drivers below the age of 21 locally or relax the driving examinations for smaller vehicles?
3. Does the acquisition of more smaller 19 seat vehicles enable the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure to more economically run some bus routes including the expansion and provision of more town Hospital and park and ride shuttle bus routes in areas of population traffic density?
|Deputy Queripel to the Committee for Employment
& Social Security
|1. As we all know, gas prices increased by 17% last October and the Committee for Employment & Social Security put a 12 and a half a percent discount scheme in place to help gas users here in the island to cover that increase, and I commend them for adopting such a compassionate approach. However, that means islanders who are now in receipt of that discount, have to somehow make up a 4 and a half percent 'shortfall'. So can the President tell me please why the figure of 12 and a half percent was decided upon when the actual increase was 17%?
2. As I said in my first question, I commend the Committee for Employment & Social Security for adopting such a compassionate approach and putting that 12 and a half percent discount scheme in place: so my next question is, will the department be continuing with that compassionate approach and put similar discount schemes in place to cover increases in cost for other types of fuel and power, such as coal, oil and electricity, should those increases occur before the end of the winter?
3. Employment & Social Security sets the figure for the inter Fuel Allowance on costs in place for fuel, light and power up until the end of June every year, which means that when fuel companies increase their prices after that date, which they very often do, recipients of the allowance are left with a shortfall to try and make up. Now not so long ago I was told by the Committee during a States debate, that they would consider reviewing the way in which they calculate the figures for the winter Fuel Allowance, so can the President give me an update on that please?
|Deputy Queripel to the Committee for Health &
|1. Can the President please tell me if a date has been set for Mr David Gedze to return to the island, as the Committee for Health & Social Care announced not so long ago he would be doing, to follow up on his 2018 review of our Mental Health Service here in the island?
2. Also will the Committee for Health & Social Care be setting any Terms of Reference for that follow up and will local politicians, such as myself, be permitted to meet Mr Gedze and discuss the findings of his review, and the follow up, with him?
3. As we all know, the summary of Mr Gedze report that was published was a redacted version of the original, which I don't think is acceptable and which is why I've been calling for a comprehensive and fully transparent review for some time now. And I'm not alone on that, because on January 27th there was an article in the Guernsey Press in which 19 year old Jamie Sarre said she'd had so many bad experiences using the service, that she also thinks a review is now needed. And not only that, but so do the vast majority of the 200 people who responded to a poll Ms Sarre set up on social media. So with all of that in mind, do the President and his Committee agree that a comprehensive and fully transparent review of our Mental Health Service now needs to take place?
4. In response to a Rule 14 question I submitted to the Committee for Health & Social Care last year, I was told there were 66 vacancies across our Mental Health Service at that time. So can the President tell me if any of those vacant posts have been filled please?
5. How many vacant posts are there across our Mental Health Service currently?
6. And finally, how severely is the service impacted by having so many posts vacant?