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THE STATES assembled on Wednesday
24th February 2010, at 09.30 a.m. under
the Presidency of the Bailiff,
Michael Cameron St. John Birt Esquire.


Committee of Inquiry suspension of the Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police P.9/2010


THE STATES commenced consideration of a proposition of the Deputy of St. Martin –

(a) to agree that a Committee of Inquiry should be established in accordance with Standing
Order 146 to inquire into a definite matter of public importance, namely the manner in
which the Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police was suspended from his duties on
12th November 2008 with particular regard to the procedures and documentation used in
the suspension, the grounds relied on by the then Minister in taking his decision and his
role and the role of other parties who were involved;

(b) to appoint the following persons as members of the Committee of Inquiry –

(i) Mr. Derek J.C. Bernard, Chairman;

(ii) Mr. Gerard C.L. Baudains;

(iii) Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Allan;

(iv) Advocate Timothy Hanson;

(v) Mrs. Margaret Holland Prior, J.P.


(c) to agree, in accordance with Standing Order 146(5)(b) and (c) –

(i) that Advocate Timothy Hanson should, if required, preside in the absence of the
Chairman, and

(ii) that the quorum of the Committee shall be 3.

The Bailiff, in accordance with the provisions of Article 9(4) of the Police Force (Jersey) Law 1974 and Standing Order 82, ordered all strangers to withdraw from the precincts of the States and the doors of the Chamber to be closed.


THE STATES, having concluded the debate in camera, proceeded to vote in public assembly and
rejected paragraph (a) of the proposition of the Deputy of St. Martin that a Committee of Inquiry should be established in accordance with Standing Order 146 to inquire into a definite matter of public importance, namely the manner in which the Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police was suspended from his duties on 12th November 2008 with particular regard to the procedures and documentation used in the suspension, the grounds relied on by the then Minister in taking his decision and his role and the role of other parties who were involved.


Members present voted as follows –

POUR: 21                                                 CONTRE: 26                                       ABSTAIN: 0

Connétable of St. Helier                           Senator T.A. Le Sueur
Connétable of Grouville                           Senator P.F. Routier
Connétable of St. Martin                          Senator P.F.C. Ozouf
Connétable of St. Clement                       Senator T.J. Le Main
Connétable of St. Lawrence                     Senator B.E. Shenton
Deputy R.C. Duhamel (S)                         Senator F.E. Cohen
Deputy of St. Martin                                   Senator A. Breckon
Deputy R.G. Le Hérissier (S)                     Senator S.C. Ferguson
Deputy J.A. Martin (H)                               Senator A.J.D. Maclean
Deputy G.P. Southern (H)                           Senator B.I. Le Marquand
Deputy of Grouville                                     Connétable of St. Ouen
Deputy of St. Peter                                       Connétable of Trinity
Deputy P.V.F. Le Claire (H)                        Connétable of St. Brelade
Deputy D.J. De Sousa (H)                           Connétable of St. John
Deputy K.C. Lewis (S)                                Connétable of St. Saviour
Deputy M. Tadier (B)                                   Connétable of St. Peter
Deputy of St. Mary                                       Connétable of St. Mary
Deputy T.M. Pitman (H)                               Deputy J.B. Fox (H)
Deputy T.A. Vallois (S)                                Deputy of St. Ouen
Deputy M.R. Higgins (H)                             Deputy J.A. Hilton (H)
Deputy J.M. Maçon (S)                                Deputy I.J. Gorst (C)
                                                                    Deputy of St. John
                                                                    Deputy A.E. Jeune (B)
                                                                    Deputy A.T. Dupré (C)
                                                                    Deputy E.J. Noel (L)
                                                                    Deputy A.K.F. Green (H)

Following the rejection of paragraph (a), the Presiding Officer informed the Assembly that paragraphs
(b) and (c) of the proposition were deemed to have been withdrawn.

The Connétable of St. Helier, Deputy of St. Peter and the Deputy of St. John, in accordance with the
provisions of Standing Order 106(c), declared an interest but remained in the Chamber for the duration
of the debate.
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