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States to consider extra bank holiday

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WHETHER or not Jersey will have an additional bank holiday on 8 May 2020 is due to be decided in this week’s States sitting.

John Le Fondré

To mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, next year Chief Minister John Le Fondré lodged a proposition calling for the date, which falls on a Friday, to be commemorated by giving Islanders the day off work.

With Liberation Day falling on a Saturday, Citizens Advice chief executive Malcolm Ferey had launched a petition calling for Monday 11 May also to become a bank holiday, which received more than 1,000 signatures.

But the idea was dismissed by the Council of Ministers, who said that no additional holiday was required.

Also during the sitting, the Assembly is due to debate Deputy Geoff Southern’s proposition calling for the government to publish six-monthly assessments of efficiencies made under the Government Plan and to enable Members to endorse any measures on an annual basis. They will also vote on whether to appoint a new Comptroller and Auditor General to head the Jersey Audit Office and a new chairman for the Health and Safety Tribunal.

During States question time, Senator Kristina Moore will ask Senator Le Fondré, in his capacity as chairman of the States Employment Board, whether public sector employees have been told to no longer communicate with the media, even if they are deemed politically eligible to do so.

Deputy Steve Ahier will ask Health Minister Richard Renouf whether he is considering a ban on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes.

And Deputy Southern is due to question the Chief Minister on whether he is planning to produce figures that will help drive down income inequality in Jersey.

During questions without notice the Chief Minster and Infrastructure Minister Kevin Lewis will each be quizzed by Members for 15-minute periods.

In terms of written questions, External Relations Minister Ian Gorst will respond to Deputy Kirsten Morel on the matter of the UK extending its membership of the World Trade Organisation to Jersey, in order to protect the Island’s international trade post-Brexit.

And Deputy Lewis is due to respond to Deputy Rob Ward’s question concerning the financial return from the government’s contract with Liberty Bus.

Ian Heath

By Ian Heath
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