Questions to do with Haut de La Garenne, child abuse and related issues, including the ongoing issues surrounding the suspension of the Chief Constable and the proposed appointment a new one, are set to dominate question time tomorrow in the States. Eight written and six oral questions have been submitted, in addition to an urgent oral question by Deputy Bob Hill. (It will be interesting to note the answers as well as the coverage given to these questions by the 'mainstream' media)
Below is a list of the oral questions that have been submitted (taken from the http://www.statesassembly.je/)
Question time starts shortly after roll call, at 9:30am, and can be listened to on 1026AM, or viewed in the public gallery which has an entrance on Halket Place opposite Morier House.
URGENT ORAL QUESTION
The Deputy of St. Martin will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs -
“Will the Minister inform Members whether he broke a confidentiality clause by claiming on the BBC Talkback programme that the Wiltshire Police had identified what the Minister claimed to be a ‘scandal’ involving a senior ACPO officer, and if so, why; would he further state what the conflict of interest was and with whom the person involved agreed to intentionally omit certain matters in ACPO reports? Has the Minister made an official complaint to ACPO?”
(This was an urgent oral question tabled at the last meeting which was unable to be answered because of the absence of the Minister. It is tabled again as an additional question which will not form part of the 2 hour allocation for oral questions.)
1. Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade will ask the following question of H.M. Attorney General –
“Given the renewed interest generated by Senator S. Syvret's web log surrounding the decision not to extradite Mr. and Mrs. Maguire, would the Attorney General undertake to reconsider the legal advice given not to prosecute and, failing that, take all measures possible to make the exact grounds known on which prosecution was advised against?” *
6. Deputy T.M. Pitman of St, Helier will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –
“Following analysis of the sworn affidavit of the suspended Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police will the Minister advise the Assembly whether he has fully investigated every possible allegation of a conspiracy existing to remove the Chief Officer from office, further still, is the Minister wholly satisfied that no such conspiracy to remove the Chief Officer or to try to discredit him to justify his removal existed?"
10. The Deputy of St. Martin will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs
“At the police press conference on 12th November 2008 it was stated that under Haut de la Garenne there were no cellars but there were floor voids in which a grown up person could not stand up straight, will the Minister inform Members of the height of the deepest void/cellar investigated at the premises and state how many allegations were received of abuse in the areas under the floorboards?”
11. The Deputy of Grouville will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs-
“At the press conference on 12th November 2008 the Senior Investigating Officer stated he was not questioning that, historically, serious offences had been committed against children but that ‘there will however not be the number of court cases or prosecutions which were originally reported’; will the Minister state whose comments the SIO was referring to, when they were made, what numbers were originally reported and the reasons for the shortfall?”
14. The Deputy of St. Martin will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –
“In a written answer on 23rd March 2010 to a question on who was requested to provide the Metropolitan Police Interim Report, the Minister stated that it was a Detective Superintendent, “the name of whom has been supplied to the questioner”; as I have not been supplied with the name, will the Minister give the name and rank and state whether that person was the sole author of the Report?”
15. Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade will ask the following question of the Minister for Home Affairs –
“Will the Minister inform members of the exact date the Metropolitan Police commenced work on their report into the historic abuse investigation; how many officers were assigned to it and the rank of the officers involved?”
* With regard to question 1, it is worth viewing Rico Sorda's Blog as he posts and comments on the reasons the attorney general gave for not pursuing the charges.
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