MOST residents who stood up to speak about reducing the number of politicians on the Policy and Finance Committee were in favour of the motion, at May's People's Meeting.
The motion, being brought as a requete by Matt Birmingham, has been signed by P&F Committee chairman James Dent, Graham McKinley and Tony Barnes.
The Policy and Finance Committee has in the recent past consisted of five and all 10 States Members. Matt Birmingham, who has also resigned from the Policy and Finance Committee, explained that he had brought the requete in order to improve scrutiny within government.
One resident stood up to say;
Carol Neill said that having 10 members on P&F meant residents were kept “completely in the dark” about political decisions.
Another resident said that in the States chamber the public saw little more than “posturing” and States Members in 100% agreement with each other.
Others were less sure it would be an improvement. Mike Harrisson offered:
Mr Birmingham said he would not rejoin even a smaller P&F because he felt the role conflicted too much with his post as chairman of the Building and Development Control Committee.
The States meeting is next Wednesday.