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Gavin Anthony St. Pier

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  • Parish St Sampson
  • Experience Current Deputy
  • Party The Guernsey Partnership of Independents
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Personal Statement

If you re-elect me as a Deputy, I will seek another term as President of the Policy & Resources Committee. I believe that Guernsey needs both continuity and experience in this leadership role as we face huge challenges including: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the enormous post-pandemic recovery programme required for our economy, public finances and community and the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship and its impact upon us.

  • Experienced: Chief Minister 2016-20; Treasury & Resources Minister 2012-16
  • Qualified: Chartered Accountant, Barrister, Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Led Guernsey’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Successfully delivered budget surpluses in 2018 and 2019 cushioning the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Robustly defended and represented Guernsey’s interests in the UK and EU

Manifesto

In the last eight years, I have never tried to be popular. Few people will agree with everything I have said and done but I have always done what I think is needed. My promise to you is that I will continue to do so.

I wrote in my 2016 manifesto: “My goal is that in the next 10 years Guernsey aims to become the healthiest and happiest community in the world…” As the COVID-19 pandemic has raged around the world, I am not alone in believing that our island has been one of the best places in the world to live through such times, which is a great basis on which to build and achieve that goal.

The priority in the next term must be Guernsey’s post-COVID recovery. If elected, I will drive our recovery by leading and delivering the Revive & Thrive action plans. These plans will recognise that the economy, environment, community and our health are all inter-dependent.

The scale of the economic shock and damage to our public finances is so large that we cannot simply cut public spending or tax our way back to a balanced budget. Instead we must grow our economy. To enable that growth we must:

  • exploit the opportunities around green finance, the digital sectors and the green (energy, transport, agriculture) and blue (fisheries, marine and coastal resource) economies
  • invest in our infrastructure including our digital connectivity
  • invest and partner with business to deliver the enhancement of our seafront area and redevelopment of the regeneration areas, such as Leale’s Yard. Once the strategy has been agreed, we must ensure that we have an appropriate mechanism to drive forward quickly, without politicians meddling in every detail, slowing progress and consequently increasing costs

We must ensure full employment returns as quickly as possible by upskilling the local workforce, while placing special focus on older people and those in potentially obsolete jobs who wish to continue working and/or retrain.

As a small, open economy, we must maintain an internationally competitive tax environment with income tax at no more than 20%. Since 2012, I have led the considerable widening of the scope of corporate taxation. However, the current tax system is unsustainable in the medium term, placing too much of the tax burden on middle income households. The ongoing tax review must result in a tax system that maintains our low rate, is broad-based, sustainable and fair. This will require some tough decisions but the priority must be to protect low and middle income households.

Climate change is the existential risk of our generation. We must implement the approved Climate Change Action Plan to mitigate the consequences for our community and help position Guernsey in the outside world as a green haven.

While the public sector in Guernsey is small by comparison to other developed economies, we must continue with public service reform to ensure that public services are provided as efficiently as possible e.g. the creation of a single fire and rescue service.

I will continue to support:

  • Enhancing our autonomy and self-governance by having Royal Sanction to legislation granted on island rather than in London and ensuring that our ancient relationship with the Crown is protected from interference
  • Enhancing the open market as an economic enabler by removing unnecessary limitations on its use
  • Revising the Population Management Regime to ensure that it responds flexibly and quickly to meet our economic and community needs
  • Development of the Guernsey Institute
  • Implementation of secondary education review recommendations
  • Establish a Sexual Assault Referral Centre
  • Establish a Guernsey Investment Authority to strengthen governance over investment management of the island’s reserves
  • Giving individuals greater control over their own end of life options
  • Treating drug use (particularly cannabis) as primarily a public health rather than criminal justice matter with regulation and taxation (like alcohol and tobacco) instead of prosecution
  • Appointing political leads for children/young people and equality rights
  • Matching housing supply and demand, particularly for key workers, recognising householders’ rights to develop their properties, while protecting the community from the impact of development, requires greater use of brownfield sites

Answers to questions proposed by the public:

Most of the detailed work of the States is done in committees, like the Committee for Environment and Infrastructure. What experience do you have of being on a committee and how did you contribute?

Minister, Treasury & Resources Department 2012-16; President, Policy & Resources Committee 2016-20

With unemployment currently running at an all time high, what measures would you like in place to ensure local people are offered jobs before license holders ?

The work permit system is sufficiently flexible to 'turn off' permits if there are individuals on island who can undertake the role. If the unemployed do have skills, we must re-skill them through the various programmers on offer, filling the skills gaps identified by Skills Guernsey.

What concrete measures would you like to see implemented in Guernsey during the next term to achieve net zero carbon by 2050?

Implement Climate Change Action Plan; change building regulations to improve home insulation requirements; set date for ending importation of new internal combustion engine private vehicles

I live in St Peter Port but have interests in the Vale, St Peters and Castel. Will you be looking at Island Wide issues or more so in your Parish of residence?

Island wide

Are you concerned about the large amount of agricultural land that is being lost for private gardens?

Creeping domestic curtilage is a problem but it is one that requires enforcement rather than any new laws or policies which are already in place to prevent

You will make many commitments as a politician, but how will you actually ensure these are achieved? If you have been a deputy before, what will you do differently this term to improve achievements?

Working with other colleagues in the Guernsey Partnership of Independents, our commitment to work together and implement majority decisions of the States of Deliberation will ensure that government is more decisive, effective and quicker.

What are your opinions on climate change and Guernsey's role in tackling it?

We play a very small part in contributing to the problem given our size, but we can play a large part in solving it globally by leveraging our role as a finance centre to produce green finance products - but we also need to 'walk the walk' in terms of our own climate change action plans to be credible as a green finance centre

What are the attributes and skills you will be looking for in the next President of the Policy & Resources Committee?

Calm, professional, experienced, credible outside the island

If the independent Cost Benefit Analysis supports lengthening the airport runway, would you vote in favour of investing in this key element of island infrastructure?

I'd certainly look at the idea much more seriously recognising that there are other issues to take into account to including planning and environmental - but it would be a good start to making a case, not yet made, for the project.

Do you believe that diversification of the island's tax base is an important consideration for Guernsey in today's volatile and fast-moving global economy? If so, how can this specifically be achieved for Guernsey?

Yes. It's essential. The ongoing tax review must consider all the options - personal direct taxes, indirect taxes, corporate taxes and property taxes. Out of scope should be: wealth, capital and inheritance taxes.

What are the candidates' views on maternity pay and leave and how would they improve the current arrangements, if at all?

I don't have any strong views and have not been made aware of any problems with existing arrangements.

I believe Guernsey needs a vision; a forward-thinking concept for the future of the island’s infrastructure, community wellbeing and economy. What’s yours?

I laid it out 4 years ago - to make Guernsey one of the healthiest and happiest communities in the world. The Covid experience has shown what a fantastic place we are already on which we can build a sustainable well being economy.

Do you agree that people should be encouraged to use cars less and if so what measures would you like to see introduced to achieve this?

People need to have credible alternatives available to support their travel needs - they will then choose those alternatives. This would include, for example, increased provision for cyclists.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Yes, if appropriate, such as with the IT contract to Agilisys but not as a matter of dogma

What will you do to educate the islanders about the reality of the climate crisis which is the biggest threat currently facing the world?

It is an existential crisis and we should not shy away from saying so.

Most environmental problems are caused by the love of growth. Would you consider de-growth?

We are looking for sustainable growth in a well-being economy, recognising the intertwined links between the economy, the environment and the community - no longer treating them as separate policy areas.

What intra island transport strategy would you support to ensure safe and ‘clean’ travel on island for all road users, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists? And how do you plan to deliver that plan financially?

Cycle contraflows and allowing cyclists to use pavements (with pedestrian priority) are not high cost strategies.

What environmental policies would you support to reduce Guernsey’s reliance on the internal combustion engine, in support of International global warming initiatives?

We should set a date for the end to new private ICEs to allow the demand and supply chains to adapt

What measures will you put in place during the next term to ensure that environmental biodiversity will be protected and enhanced?

Implement the Strategy for Nature; ensure appropriate legislative protections (e.g. ABI's)

The Guernsey Press had an article and a picture of a proposed East Coast development called HYDROPORT. It seemed to me to be a brilliant plan and included a new deep water harbour, a hydro electric supply by enclosing Belgrave bay and changes to St Peter port harbour to accommodate cruise liners and super yachts. It would provide jobs, produce an ongoing and substantial revenue stream and make us to some extent self-reliant on electricity, why has there been no update on this project?

It was one idea from one interested party - it may be the solution but there may be others too. We now need to look at the options and decide which we wish to pursue - not just jump with the first commercial provider who pitches up with a good idea.

Do you agree that there is a climate crisis caused predominantly by the actions of humans?

Yes

Longue Hougue has been proposed as a site for inert waste disposal despite it being a site of international importance in terms of wildlife. La Societe Guernesiase and other scientists have advised against this. What will you do to ensure that this valuable habitat is protected?

Listen to the experts - that is what environmental impact assessments are for.

Most scientists and experts agree that a target of 2050 to achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions is nowhere near ambitious enough and will have catastrophic consequences around the world. What will you do to ensure that Guernsey takes action to significantly reduce carbon emissions during the next term?

Implement Climate Change Action Plan; change building regulations to improve home insulation requirements; set date for ending importation of new internal combustion engine private vehicles

What is your view on current spending on Aurigny, is it worth how much we are paying? Is it run efficiently? Did we need new aircraft?

No new aircraft needed. It is a strategic asset but one that is sub-economic scale meaning it will always struggle to make a profit given the roles its been asked to do (secure Gatwick, fly to Alderney, maintain other routes for economic and social reasons). I do not believe it is particularly inefficient - there will always be savings in any business but they are not significant in Aurigny.

If elected, would you fully support the retention, repair and ongoing maintenance of the Sea Defences provided by the anti-tank wall at L’Ancresse Bay?

The decision to stop the wall being removed has now been made. I don't think we should re-open it once again.

A significant proportion of the concerns about the two college model of secondary education related to the capital costs and space standards: they could have been addressed with higher spending. Would you be prepared to spend more money on the future model of secondary education than previously agreed by the States in September 2019? If so, how much more?

I will await the outcome of the review from the 'pause and review' debate. Once that has been taken to the States, I will support the implementation of whatever emerges from that process - we cannot delay any further.

With the general increase in costs of running the island and with various capital projects requiring funding; and with limitations on the amount that islanders can be taxed; do you think that it may be time to revisit the 0-10 tax scheme that created a big black hole in the island's finances?

No. Since 2012, I've helped push the envelope of the 0/10 regime just from banks to the whole regulated financial services sector, large retailers, hydrocarbon importers etc. There are no further viable extensions but we should continue to be prepared to adapt the corporate tax regime in response to international developments.

If elected, what priority will you give to the introduction of the already-drafted consumer protection legislation?

I think the policy has been agreed but I don't recall seeing the draft legislation yet - which is where I think the delay is in terms of drafting priorities; it needs to be part of the legislation prioritisation process.

Did you know that same-sex families aren't treated equally when it comes to registering the birth of a child? What will you do to change that?

Yes. Very happy for there to be change. I understand it is quite a complex series of inter-related legal provisions that would need changing so we will need to prioritise the legal drafting resource accordingly.

Would you support a programme of privatisation of island utilities and other facilities such as Beau Sejour to help reduce record levels of borrowing resulting from the cost of Covid defences?

Probably not Beau Sejour - I don't think it would be viable privatised but I'd certainly be willing to look at selling minority stakes in the profit making entities - electricity, post, ports, water etc. - but they are strategic assets for an island community so would not consider the States giving up majority control

Increasing home working will likely result in surplus office space. Will you encourage an urgent revision of Planning Policies to facilitate conversion of retail and office space to residential & curb green-field development?

Yes as part of the imminent review, looking at this would make sense. I've no pre-determined view of the outcome

What is your attitude towards enhanced and mandatory registration, chipping and DNA recording of dogs and control of their fouling, island-wide?

No strong view - I'd need to understand the scale of the problem we are trying to solve to decide whether this is an appropriate policy response to be prioritised among many others.

I have one question for sitting Deputies and one for new candidates. Deputies:- what, in your mind, was your greatest political achievement in the last four years? New candidates:- What is your biggest political goal in the next four years?

Enhancing the reputation of the island internationally in our response and handling of Covid, Brexit and the threats to our autonomy posed by those who tried to legislate for us on beneficial ownership registers. This enhanced reputation has directly led to more open market residents moving to the island.

How good are your mediation and conciliation skills? The key to the islands well-being and progress is in working together to achieve the projects approved - to see sustainable, innovative solutions. Leadership in pulling the team together to move forward, rather than in circles.

My record in a leadership role as President of the Policy & Resources Committee stands for every elector to judge.

Would you support not giving Local Market licenses to those earning above a set level to support both LM and OM?

No. I think further interference in the market will simply produce perverse, distorted outcomes with unintended consequences.

First time buyers are encouraged to buy new build developments taking up green space, while there are vast amounts of listed properties facing dereliction on the island - buildings ripe for restoration, renovation and to be lived in. Currently, people are put off as they are greeted with stringent and outdated views by The Planning and Heritage Department - it takes too much time and money so are immediately put off. What will you do to change the process for the better?

I certainly agree that we must ensure that any policy changes are made to encourage the development of brownfield sites in preference to greenfield ones.

Would you support changes in the law to make cannabis for personal use legal?

Yes. I see it as public health issue not a criminal justice one. I’d regulate it (to ensure quality) and tax it - just like we do with two other drugs: tobacco and alcohol

In 1945, the generosity of people outside Guernsey enabled the delivery of Red Cross parcels to the island on the SS Vega. What is your view on the statement that ‘charity begins at home but should not end there’? How can we best show our care for people in need in other parts of the world?

I support Guernsey playing its proper role in international development - this is right in itself but also appropriate if we wish to be and be seen to be a responsible member of the international community

Considering the mounting public pressure against the way our current justice system deals with cannabis offences, what is your stance on the legalisation and regulation of cannabis in Guernsey?

I see cannabis as primarily a public health issue not a criminal justice one. I’d regulate it (to ensure quality) and tax it - just like we do with two other drugs: tobacco and alcohol

In a review last year into drugs and treatments and States debate in January, HSC acknowledged that the disparity between life changing NICE TA drugs available in Guernsey compared to the NHS had become too great to be justified, with nearly 4000 patients now on sub-optimal treatments. The Guernsey Health Reserve was identified as the funding source. HSC announced last week a delay of at least a year to the implementation of this policy. How do you propose to tackle the pace at which change takes place within the States? Should you be held accountable for delivering on commitments you make individually, as a committee or collectively as the States?

Brexit and Covid have thrown a number of timings out during the last term. This is inevitable in a small jurisdiction with a limited number of people to implement change. In short, we need to understand the reasons for any delays - and we need to ensure that work is appropriately prioritised - if everything is deemed urgent, somethings will inevitably slip! I understand that the 'off-the-shelf' drugs can be progressed more quickly than those which require special equipment and skills to prepare - we should clearly get on with the former as soon as possible.

What ideas do you have to ensure there is affordable housing including support for first time buyers and ensure affordable rental property is available for locals so they can continue to live here? What is your stance on mortgage tax relief and shared ownership initiatives?

To increase affordable housing (rental and purchase) , we need to increase the supply of housing, using more brownfield sites, such as Leale's Yard. I am very supportive of the GHA's shared ownership model. I agreed with the phasing out of mortgage interest relief - it's a short-term help to those who benefit from it but in the long-run, it simply drives up prices

Earlier this year, the States passed the introduction of life-saving and life-changing NICE-Approved drugs & medicines by a massive 32-1 vote; these drugs are readily available under the NHS and SHS in the UK. HSC have now announced that the implementation of this is now to be delayed by a year or so. Out of all projects the States have on their list - this has to be THE single most important one because it will affect up to 4,000+ residents of our island. How do you intend to bring forward the delay of this incredibly important topic to a much quicker implementation date?

Brexit and Covid have thrown a number of timings out during the last term. This is inevitable in a small jurisdiction with a limited number of people to implement change. In short, we need to understand the reasons for any delays - and we need to ensure that work is appropriately prioritised - if everything is deemed urgent, somethings will inevitably slip! I understand that the 'off-the-shelf' drugs can be progressed more quickly than those which require special equipment and skills to prepare - we should clearly get on with the former as soon as possible.

What would you do to address traffic noise pollution from vehicles speeding and backfiring along St Georges Esplanade/Les Banques and towards town?

This is a matter of enforcement - no policy or legislative changes are needed to address.

In January 2020 the States passed a policy to make all NICE TA drugs and treatments available to Islanders. Do you see this as a priority and if so how would you expedite implementation?

Brexit and Covid have thrown a number of timings out during the last term. This is inevitable in a small jurisdiction with a limited number of people to implement change. In short, we need to understand the reasons for any delays - and we need to ensure that work is appropriately prioritised - if everything is deemed urgent, somethings will inevitably slip! I understand that the 'off-the-shelf' drugs can be progressed more quickly than those which require special equipment and skills to prepare - we should clearly get on with the former as soon as possible.

The recent Frontier report on the runway extension summed up that "the economic benefits of extending the runway are likely to outweigh the costs" with net benefits over 40 years of up to £687m (over £20k per household). Post COVID, do you support continued investigation into the potential for a runway extension to improve Guernsey's infrastructure, air links, and sustain the visitor economy?

I'm certainly happy that we continue to look at the idea recognising that there are other issues to take into account to including planning and environmental and final costs before any decision to go ahead can be made, post-Covid, we do need to understand what the change in the aviation and tourist market place will be in the future

Have you been made aware that every report that the SOG has commissioned for 20 years has flagged the need to extend the runway to circa 1700m+ and the commercial benefits it will bring for the island as a whole?

Yes

Brexit presents a unique opportunity for Guernsey to strengthen its ties with other Commonwealth countries and stand on its own two feet on an international scale. Would you be willing to make an effort to strengthen our diplomatic ties to countries like New Zealand, Australia, and Canada?

I spoke with the New Zealand High Commissioner a few weeks ago to explore strengthening our links post-Brexit. There are limitations - both practical given our size and resources - and political - in that the UK remains responsible for our international relations - but having said that strengthening our international identity remains an ongoing project

The current states assembly has approved proposals for a Discrimination Ordinance, but much work needs to be done. How committed are you to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, people with disabilities and people of faith are protected on this island?

Totally

What criteria do you use for decision making?

Identification of need/problem/question; consider evidence/facts; consider alternative solutions; test/probe/challenge the information and options presented. Decide. This is the approach the policy makers took/take in relation, for example, to the management of Covid given information from the public health subject experts

In the last two years two pieces of legislation have come to the States which specifically target the most vulnerable members of our society - euthanasia and abortion - where a person’s fundamental and basic right to life is overridden in the name of lesser rights. Do you believe that disposing of a person’s life is a sign of progress? Do you believe that failing to protect human life at any age or stage of development is the mark of a civilised and enlightened and caring society?

No and no. But I don't see either issue in those terms anyway. And the proposal was not for euthanasia but to give individuals options over their own end of life choices

It is beyond time to invest in our people, infrastructure and public services. Do you plan to make the island's tax system more fair and progressive, so that more businesses and the wealthy pay a fairer share?

I've been making the tax system more fair and progressive, increasing the share of taxes paid by companies and the wealthy for 8 years. The tax review will need to consider how we have a sustainable tax system fit for the next 30 years whilst ensuring we remain low tax overall and competitive

In light of covid-19 and the hit that the tourist industry has taken what plans (if any) would you try to put in place to make Guernsey more attractive to tourists after travel bans are lifted? And do you feel tourism should play a more crucial role in Guernsey? If not, why?

I think post-Covid, we will be more attractive to tourists than ever - we are close and safe. We need to develop our green and blue economy tourist offers as well as our heritage, such as a Victor Hugo centre or premier arts site.

Please list in order of importance: - driving Guernsey’s economy - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - sort out the schools - focus on air and sea links - extend the runway - implement revive and thrive as a priority - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure

implement revive and thrive as a priority - driving Guernsey’s economy - invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve - focus on air and sea links - sort out the schools - open our closed borders as a priority - reduce states expenditure - addressing social needs - protecting the environment - extend the runway (NB you've asked to rank in order or priority - I don't actually see some of these as mutually exclusive - i.e. some can run at same time rather than consecutively.)

List your achievements to date which have been a benefit to Guernsey.

Recovered Guernsey's public finances from Black Hole in 2012 to surpluses in 2018 and 2019; enhanced Guernsey's reputation internationally with our responses to the management of the pandemic and the UK's decision to leave the EU; reform of outdated marriage and divorce laws

Do you support a reduction in the cost of running the civil service? If so, how would you do that and over what timescale?

Of course, the civil service should be as small as possible. Remember though that it's only 1,000 out of 5,500 public service workers - teachers, police officers, fire officers, nurses, doctors and judges make up the rest. The re-sizing must come through the Public Service Reform programme which is under way.

As we subsidise the airline, should Aurigny have a monopoly over all air routes to and from the Bailiwick, with a regulator to ensure fair pricing and a policy of not for profit?

I think this is an interesting idea. I'm not convinced open skies works with a States-owned, subsidised model so we need to determine whether this idea (or others) would be more effective and limiting taxpayers' exposure.

What is your view regarding commercialisation with respect to States owned entities?

I'm in favour of States' assets being managed as businesses. I don't think we yet do this with a number of them and there are more opportunities to do so - for example putting water and electricity together as a single utility operator should produce synergies and savings.

Should the island be spending tax payers money on maintaining air and sea links?

Yes, given the size of our markets, this seems inevitable

What is your view on future funding for long term care as current funding will be insufficient by 2040?

The States have recently decided to rely entirely on increased social security contributions. I did not support this as it means those working under 40 will be paying disproportionately more than those over 40 (who will never have paid enough for their own care given the scheme was only introduced 20 years ago.) I think this inter-generational transfer of wealth from the young to the old is unfair and puts pressure on younger, working families.

What is your opinion of introducing a goods and sales tax?

I supported it in 2015. I accepted the States' decision to undertake no further work on it. [Personally, I remain of the view that it is need not be a regressive tax (if introduced appropriately with other changes to the tax and benefit systems) and can actually be a progressive tax (because the wealthy consume more.)]

Would you support the ‘listing’ of all remaining historic military structures, as Jersey has done, to ensure their ongoing protection, repair and maintenance?

Interesting. I didn't know Jersey had done that and we hadn't. I'd certainly be very happy that we look at this to better understand the issues and implications.

What initiatives would you put in place to grow our economy?

Invest in Revive and Thrive; enable improved broadband; accelerate redevelopment areas (e.g. Leale's Yard); seafront enhancement area; blue and green economy tourism.

Do you believe that the rates of income support are a) too low b) about right or c) too high? Explain your answer in some detail.

About right for most people - but inevitably probably, too low for some and too high for others - that's the nature of such a one-size, rules driven system. A lot of work was undertaken in the 2012-16 States to develop the system, including looking at appropriate rates and I had confidence in that work at that time in the absence of new evidence or information (which I've not seen) to the contrary

How will you support and encourage young people coming to the island with regards to housing and licencing to ensure the island has more stable tax base as the population ages?

We need to increase affordable housing (rental and purchase) by increasing its supply, using more brownfield sites, such as Leale's Yard. I'm supportive of a more flexible Population Management regime that enables a larger, younger working population to meet our economic and community needs as the population ages.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

No role whatsoever

Have you read the recommendations contained in the Frontier Economics Report in which they state that the long term benefits of extending the runway far outweigh the environmental and capital costs? If so, are you in favour of extending the runway?

I'm certainly happy that we continue to look at the idea recognising that there are other issues to take into account to including planning, a proper environmental impact assessment and final costs before any decision to go ahead can be made; post-Covid, we do need to understand what the change in the aviation and tourist market place will be in the future

What are your views on the cost of Primary Healthcare locally and what innovative ideas do you have that don’t simply involve ‘redirecting funding from a different states pot’ to create fair, equitable and affordable access to Primary Care for all islanders?

The cost of primary care is clearly a barrier to some in our community which is a problem. I support the approach taken by the outgoing Health & Social Care committee to look at the reshaping primary care - i.e. not all primary care needs to be given by a doctor, much of it can be given by nurse practitioners and others; but those changes aside, a material reduction in costs to the user can probably only be achieved by a material increase in the cost to taxpayers - it's not possible to promise both reduced healthcare charges and no increase in public expenditure

Do you support developing end of life care (including palliative care) or would you look to introduce a form of euthanasia as in assisted dying (assisted suicide)?

I do not support euthanasia or assisted suicide; I do support developing individuals' end of life care and options, including palliative care and assisted dying.

Education - Do you know what T levels are and if you do, would you be enthusiastically demanding that they are available here in Guernsey?

Yes I do; in principle I'm supportive, although I understand their introduction in the UK has not been without problem so I'd want to understand the issues around that more

What will you do to help Guernsey businesses revive and thrive and make Guernsey a 'smarter' and technologically advanced place to do business, and to encourage new start up businesses?

Enable the development of improved broadband ASAP; ensure low barriers to entry/regulation for new business; ensure appropriate tech skills identified, developed and delivered through Skills Guernsey

There is a lack of mental health support available - particularly to those who seem to fall into the apparent gap between the secondary and primary mental health services. What will you do to address this?

I receive conflicting information on this: a number of anecdotal experiences on the one hand; and the profession on the other. I need to better understand the nature of the 'apparent gap' - what is it? why does it occur? Who and how many fall into it?

How would you as a deputy ensure emotive proposals such as, change to abortion law or assisted dying law would be publicly debated? And allow Islanders to have more of a say in these emotive issues.

I would not be opposed to referenda on such issues of personal conscience where there is not a right or wrong answer; I also like the concept of 'citizens assemblies' as a way of studying such issues. Ireland has used this successfully in these situations so there are models and experience we can draw on.

What is your position on the opportunity to debate the abortion issue more openly and fairly with more balanced representations to the Deputies?

I would not be opposed to referenda on such issues of personal conscience where there is not a right or wrong answer; I also like the concept of 'citizens assemblies' as a way of studying such issues. Ireland has used this successfully in these situations so there are models and experience we can draw on.

How do you see the way forward for secondary education in the island? Do you favour a particular model and if so which one?

I've no preferred model. I'm content to await the outcome of the current review, the new Committee's recommendations on the back of that; followed by a States' decision and then we need to get on an implement whatever model has majority support at that time

Recognising the importance of our natural environment and our hospitality industry how would you propose to move forward essential repairs and any development at St Peter Port harbour, securing access to our beaches (e.g. Petit Port, Divette, Soldiers bay), the maintenance of our cliff paths and the important access from the bathing places to the Clarence battery? Does this essential maintenance take priority over the development of the East Coast/Town seafront?

They are not mutually exclusive. Short term, ongoing maintenance and repairs should be happening; as should the larger scale, longer term enhancement of the area from St Sampson's to Havelet.

What are your views about the proposed way forward with regard to Probate, recognising that the age-old system has been efficient, pastoral, and inexpensive? Are you of the view "if it ain't broke don't fix it"?

I support the change to move the probate function from the Ecclesiastical Court - whilst the administration 'ain't broke' in 2020, it is no longer appropriate, as a matter of principle that the Church of England undertake and benefit from this role.

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