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Guernsey Breast Unit - screening delays due to equipment failure
Friday 14 October 2016

HSC has had to reluctantly cancel, and will have to reschedule, breast screening appointments due to a persistent fault with a mammography x-ray unit.

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President of Policy & Resources Committee to talk Future Guernsey in live Twitter Q&A
Wednesday 12 October 2016

The President of the Policy & Resources Committee will take over the Twitter account tomorrow evening (13th October) for a live Q&A on Future Guernsey.

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Wrightbus StreetVibe selected for phase 1 of bus fleet replacement programme
Wednesday 12 October 2016

An order has been placed for 12 new StreetVibe buses, at a cost of £1.62m, as the first part of a phased replacement programme for the existing fleet.

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Constitution of the States of Deliberation and Committee Responsibilities

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Information on the structure of the States of Guernsey and the responsibilities of each Committee, Board, Commission and Authority.

Guernsey's parliament is called 'The States of Deliberation'. Its meetings are generally held every three weeks, except in school holidays. The items for discussion are listed in a publication called a Billet d'État. . The States of Deliberation have the power to raise taxation, determine expenditure and pass legislation. Information about the Members and the Rules of Procedure can be found within the pdf icon Red Book [2Mb].

  • Constitution of the States of Deliberation

    • The States of Deliberation comprise:
      • Presiding Officer, who is ex officio the Bailiff (or in his absence the Deputy Bailiff, as Deputy Presiding Officer)
      • The two Law Officers of the Crown: Her Majesty's Procureur (Attorney-General) and Her Majesty's Comptroller (Solicitor-General)
      • 38 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 Law Officers of the Crown have seats ex officio: they have a voice but no vote.
    • The 38 Deputies are elected in seven districts.There are two representatives from the Parliament of the island of Alderney which is known as the States of Alderney. All 40 members stand as independents and Guernsey Deputies are elected for a period of 4 years.
    • Guernsey's system of government operates on a system based on consensus as there are no political parties in Guernsey.
    • In addition to the Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff and the Law Officers of the Crown who are Crown appointments, Her Majesty The Queen also appoints a Lieutenant Governor, who is her personal representative in the Bailiwick.

On May 1st the structure of Guernsey's Government changed. There are fewer Deputies (a reduction from 45 to 38) and six Principal Committees rather than ten Departments. The new structure is shown in the pdf icon attached diagram [166kb] and more detail is provided below on the responsibilities of each Committee.

You can also select the thumbnail images on this page to find out which services each Committee is responsible for.

Senior Committee:

Principal Committees:

Authorities, Boards and Commissions:



Red Book Reformed structure of government - May 2016

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