As part of its commitment to open government, Alderney’s Policy & Finance Committee (P&F) is looking at ways of holding more of its debates in public.
Much of the States of Alderney decision-making process is currently held in private in the P&F monthly meetings attended by all 10 Members.
Now P&F wants to examine whether the Rules of Procedure would allow it to send some items straight to the Billet and the resulting transparency of public debate at full States meetings.
Matters of commercial, business and personal sensitivity would continue to be discussed in private but there are some issues that could be aired in public.
“We’re testing the ground to assess whether certain items should go straight to the Billet.” said P&F spokesman Ian Carter. “This will help inform the Good Governance Group in its mandate to develop the structure of the States and make it a more effective governing body.“
“The aim is to have more decisions made in public but first we must take advice on which items might fall into the public arena and which should remain private.” he concluded.
Meanwhile, the Good Governance Group chaired by Kevin Gentle has selected after interview Andrew Eggleston, President of the Alderney Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Hunt to assist in its deliberations.