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Mark Hirzel Dorey

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

Aged 61, married to Anne, a chartered accountant. We have three children in their 20s living in Guernsey. I attended Castel Primary School and Elizabeth College and have an HND in Computer Studies from Plymouth Polytechnic. I worked in the computer software industry for 21 years. I am a director of a family company that owns residential property in St Sampson and I do some work managing that property.

  • Experienced and caring.
  • Supports decisive, effective government.
  • Supports investment in capital projects, reviving our economy and a fair, sustainable tax system.
  • For protecting Guernsey’s environment and investing in its ecological future.
  • Against over-population and the resulting over-development that could significantly change our beautiful island.

Manifesto

It has been a privilege representing the people of Castel and my island in the States and I would like to continue to represent you.

I really care about Guernsey and its people. I have experience and knowledge gained from the work that I have done and from the different posts I have held. My approach to decision making is to use common sense and logic and I research matters very thoroughly. I work constructively and effectively with colleagues making valuable contributions to policy development and debates.

I am fully committed to the States and again I have a 100% attendance and voting record at States meetings in the last term except for one meeting during COVID.

Background: I have always lived in Castel as have previous generations who can be traced back to 1620. My family have a horticultural/agricultural background - I was Chairman of the Young Farmers Club, and one of our sons is a dairy farmer. I have been a Constable, Douzenier and Castel School Committee member. In the early 90’s I was the spokesperson for ‘The Right to Vote Movement’ which campaigned for Conseillers to be elected by the public.

Political experience: I have been a States member since 2002. I have served on most committees including: Minister of the Social Security Department; Minister of Health and Social Services; and a member of Treasury and Resources Committee.

Currently: I am Vice-President of Environment & Infrastructure; and a member of: Education, Sport and Culture; and the Castel, La Houguette and Grammar School Committees.

I have helped parishioners with many issues over the years including planning issues and benefit problems. I have organised and attended almost all Castel parish surgeries on the Saturday before States meetings.

My views are covered in my manifesto that has been posted to you. Please contact me if you want anything clarified. Below is a summary of some key issues that I support:

Economy: A target to revive the majority of economic activity by 2021.

Taxes: A fair system that does not put an undue load on the lowest paid members of our island, or squeezing the middle. I have consistently opposed and voted against a Goods and Services Tax.

Capital projects: Simplify the process for approval and progress key projects such as the Guernsey Institute (College of FE), hospital modernisation, secondary schools (La Mare pupils must be in a fit for purpose school,) primary schools, dairy, nature centre, continuation of repairs to our sea walls including Fermain.

Borrowing: Only borrow for the purpose of investing in long term infrastructure or for projects which generate a return.

Population: Control the number of people coming into the island and upskill our local population.

Climate Change: Carbon neutrality by 2050 and a Citizen’s Assembly to involve the community in the difficult decisions required.

On-island transport: I am a motorist, cyclist and pedestrian and I support active travel.

Education: The review of models must be comprehensive and independently overseen. I want our schools to be some of the best performing with a high-quality learning environment in modern facilities with excellent teachers so all our children are valued and have the opportunity to achieve their potential at an acceptable cost to the taxpayer.

Why I am standing as a candidate for the Guernsey Partnership of Independents?

We are standing together to clearly indicate that, whilst we are not of the same view on all issues, we are committed to working positively and constructively with colleagues and other States members, the Civil Service and the wider community to do what is best for Guernsey.
We have pledged to:

  • act independently with integrity, openness, objectivity and honesty, and be held accountable for the well-being of all Guernsey people;
  • support decisive, effective government and respect the democratic majority;
  • back investment in the Revive and Thrive plan to make our economy resilient with better infrastructure, connectivity and job opportunities;
  • make the protection and support of our people the top priority; and
  • protect Guernsey’s environment and invest in its ecological future.

Thanks to my proposer: Deputy Richard Graham and seconder: Jeremy Rihoy - Chairman of J W Rihoy & Son Limited.

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?

"I am currently: vice-president of Committee for Environment and Infrastructure; a member of: Education, Sport and Culture; Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; Castel, La Houguette and Grammar School Committees. I bring experience and knowledge and can work constructively and effectively with colleagues making valuable contributions to policy development. I research matters very thoroughly. I have served on many committees including: • Minister of Social Security • Minister of Health and Social Services • Policy Council • Treasury and Resources Committee for more than four years • States Assembly & Constitution Committee • Two scrutiny panels that reviewed the bond issue and capital allocations • States Review Committee • Public Services Department • Strategic Land Planning Group • Population Policy Group & Social Policy Group - sub groups of the Policy Council • Housing Department – Deputy Minister • Board of Industry.

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 ?

Unemployment was only briefly at an all time high at the end of May 2020 but has since recovered significantly and is currently 690. Licenses or permits can only be issued under the Population Management Law for specific jobs thereby allowing in skilled people, who are needed to strengthen Guernsey's workforce, to live in the Local Market. There is an advisory panel which allows information to flow from the islands business sectors about the different levels of skills and manpower shortages. If the system is working correctly then licenses will not be available for job positions which have sufficient local people available to fill those positions. We also need to use the Guernsey Institute to upskill our population.

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

A ban on importing any cars or vans with petrol or diesel engines by 2035 and encouragement to use electric vehicles with the installation of further charging points. Carbon sequestration schemes both on and off island. A new cable from France to have a resilient supply of more renewable energy to reduce our use of hydrocarbons. Ensure that we have the highest standards of energy efficiency for all new homes and improve standards of insulation for existing properties. Increased electrification of heating systems.

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?

Currently most issues are island-wide issues so I will continue to consider issues from an island-wide perspective but will always retain a strong interest in Castel, my home parish.

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

My son is a dairy farmer and I am concerned about the continuing loss of agricultural land to private gardens.

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?

No individual politician acting alone can deliver on their commitments. Committees can bring propositions, 7 Deputies together can bring requetes and 2 Deputies can place amendments to proposals being debated in the States. In all cases you have to persuade a majority of the Assembly to support them. The difference this time is that I am a member of the Guernsey Partnership of Independents and we are committed to working positively and constructively with colleagues and other States members, the Civil Service and the wider community to do what is best for Guernsey.

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

I fully support carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest and I believe that Guernsey should play its part in tackling this global issue.

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

Someone who can ably and diplomatically represent Guernsey's interests in dealing with the UK and Europe. A strong, respected leader who supports consensus government, has similar political views to mine, and who can work collaboratively with other Deputies.

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 do not support a runway extension. There is no guarantee it will bring cheaper flights and it would not if the user pays for the runway extension. We need frequent flights to Gatwick with planes based overnight in Guernsey so early flights are not affected by fog. Guernsey benefits from having the security of owning its own airline.

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?

A tax review is currently under way, because States Members recognised that the current system needs reviewing. Whilst I do not want to pre-empt the outcome of that review I have consistently opposed and voted against a Goods and Services Tax. It is important that we maintain an internationally competitive tax environment. Low to middle income households must be protected.

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

Maternity and paternity benefits have been considerably improved. There has to be a balance between the amount paid and the cost.

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?

My vision is as follows: I want a strong diversified economy with sustainable growth, efficient public services and a balanced budget funded by a fair tax system. I will strive for an equitable, compassionate society which cares for the environment. I want us all to enjoy a good quality of life without over-population, and the resulting over-development and congestion.

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?

I am a motorist, cyclist and a pedestrian. We should encourage active travel. I would like to see more contraflow systems and cycle lanes to make our roads safer for cyclists. The new buses have been very successful with a 32% increase in passengers in 5 years and the bus service should continue to be developed as demand increases.

Do you support outsourcing of States services?

Each case would need to be considered on its merits. States services should be as efficient as possible and delivered in a way which provides best value for money and therefore outsourcing should only be considered if this can be guaranteed.

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

A Citizen’s Assembly is a good way of involving the community in the difficult decisions required.

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

No. Most people want their standard of living to improve and this results in the economy needing to grow. To change people's expectations would involve a significant cultural shift.

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?

A ban on importing any cars or vans with petrol or diesel engines by 2035 and encouragement to use electric vehicles with the installation of further charging points. This will improve 'clean' travel on island. The transport strategy already has a capital and revenue budget to spend on improving the infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Future projects should include wider pavements, contraflow systems for cyclists and more cycle lanes.

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

The availability of public charging points will encourage the use of electric vehicles. Guernsey has already made a commitment to stop importing any cars or vans with petrol or diesel engines by 2035.

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

Carry out the proposals in the Strategy for Nature.

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?

There was a successful requete to carry out a review of harbour facilities and this project is ongoing. The Hydroport proposal would not have generated enough electricity to make Guernsey self-reliant. The proposal was based on selling the electricity to the cruise liners at an enhanced price. The proposal has a very significant capital cost.

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?

The Island needs an inert waste site in approximately 2 years time. Delay will result in stockpiling of inert construction waste adding to building costs. After evaluating 50 possible sites no site was ideal but Longue Hougue South was found to be the best practical environmental option. The mitigation measures identified in the environmental impact study will help to minimise any environmental damage.

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?

A ban on importing any cars or vans with petrol or diesel engines by 2035 and encouragement to use electric vehicles with the installation of further charging points. Carbon sequestration schemes both on and off island. A new cable from France to have a resilient supply of more renewable energy to reduce our use of hydrocarbons. Ensure that we have the highest standards of energy efficiency for all new homes and improve standards of insulation for existing properties. Increased electrification of heating systems.

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?

I agree that Guernsey should have its own airline so that we have reliable air links to the island. I support Aurigny and in the current term I proposed a successful amendment to reduce their borrowing costs. I think that some poor decisions have been made in the past which are still impacting Aurigny as reflected in the recently published financial results.

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 States has voted to maintain the existing wall for 10 years without fully understanding the very significant cost. If the costs escalate the States might need to reconsider it.

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?

The space standards used were based on UK standards for classrooms with a greater number of pupils so spending more money on an increased classroom size would fail the 'value for money' test in any business case. The main concern was the number of pupils on a site and the resulting traffic issues. I do not think that spending more money to make the colleges larger, which could not be justified, would have made any difference to people's views. The detailed review will include the revenue and capital costs of the various models so an informed decision can then be made.

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?

The island must maintain an internationally competitive tax environment so I would not, at this time, revisit the zero-10 tax regime.

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

As a long term member of the Consumers Association I agree with the importance of consumer protection legislation. Its prioritisation will depend on the importance of all the other outstanding legislation.

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?

It has already been recognised that the law is out of date and the States has agreed for a report to brought back to the States no later than December 2021.

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?

I would prefer that essential utilities such as water and electricity remain in states ownership but they should be commercially managed. Beau Sejour has been considered in the past and has been rejected for financial reasons.

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?

If Guernsey has surplus office space and retail premises that cannot be used commercially I would support the conversion of those office and retail buildings into residential property.

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

I totally agree - this is a project that the Environment & Infrastructure Committee would like to progress.

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?

"Following my successful amendment in 2015, I was pleased that the States recently supported the proposal to reduce the cost of visits to GPs and A&E for children as well as improving children’s dental care; and giving primary school children improved cultural enrichment activities."

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.

I was the Social Security Minister for 4 years and I successfully lead a team and worked constructively and effectively with colleagues to arrive at decisions on policies.

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

The purpose of granting permits to live in the local market is to allow skilled people who are needed to strengthen Guernsey's workforce. It is important that we are able to recruit, for example, doctors and consultants to deliver the services the island requires and we should be wary of putting up barriers that prevent such people from coming here and increasing their cost of housing.

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?

Generally our built heritage is an important part of the identity of Guernsey. I want to continue to protect it. Where the required work is too onerous I would consider the use of grants to help people with renovation in exceptional cases. The approval process could be more efficient and streamlined so as not to cause undue delay and expense.

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

I supported the decision for a report on both legal and illegal substances. The report should include looking at dependency and harm to the individual, families, communities and society. I will then make a decision based on that report.

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 agree - people forget that we relied on overseas aid during the second world war. I fully support the giving of grants by the States to the Overseas Aid & Development Commission. Guernsey should play its part by moving towards internationally accepted levels of contributions to overseas aid.

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 supported the decision for a report on both legal and illegal substances. The report should include looking at dependency and harm to the individual, families, communities and society. I will then make a decision based on that report.

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?

The delay in implementing this new policy is very unfortunate however making significant changes often involves substantial resources. The availability of those resources, when we are going through a pandemic is limited. When something unexpectedly happens which is absolutely vital to the island it will take priority over other projects and those projects will unfortunately suffer. The Covid-19 situation and recruitment restrictions make it much harder to recruit staff with the calibre and knowledge to deliver change at a pace.

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?

I was a member of the Housing Authority that set up the successful Guernsey Housing Association which is constantly adding to the stock of affordable rental property and partial ownership housing available for locals. Partial ownership makes houses affordable so islanders can start by owning only 40% and later increase it up to 80%. A previous economic study showed that mortgage interest relief resulted in higher house 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?

I do not have the detailed health knowledge to understand what is needed to bring it forward. However, I have confidence in the politicians on Health & Social Services, who have far more knowledge of the Covid situation and the other pressures in the health system. They have to prioritise resources and would not have delayed the implementation unless it was absolutely necessary.

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

I consider that this is an operational matter for police. There was a successful requete asking the Home Affairs Committee to take action. This needs to be progressed.

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?

I do not have the detailed health knowledge to understand what is needed to bring it forward. However, I have confidence in the politicians on Health & Social Services, who have far more knowledge of the Covid situation and the other pressures in the health system. They have to prioritise resources and would not have delayed the implementation unless it was absolutely necessary.

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 do not support a runway extension. There is no guarantee it will bring cheaper flights and it would not if the user pays for the runway extension. I am sceptical that there will be sufficient commercial benefits. I think that Guernsey would be best served by having frequent flights to Gatwick by a States owned airline with slots that the airline owns, and by having planes based overnight in Guernsey so early flights are not affected by fog.

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?

Previous reports did not support an extension to the runway. I do not support a runway extension. There is no guarantee it will bring cheaper flights and it would not if the user pays for the runway extension. I am sceptical that there will be sufficient commercial benefits. I think that Guernsey would be best served by having frequent flights to Gatwick by a States owned airline with slots that the airline owns, and by having planes based overnight in Guernsey so early flights are not affected by fog.

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 am happy to strengthen our ties with any country with whom a relationship would be beneficial.

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?

I am fully committed.

What criteria do you use for decision making?

I have a logical and common sense approach to decision making and I research matters very thoroughly. I also do what I believe will be best for Guernsey in the long term.

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?

I did not support euthanasia. I also did not support most of the changes to Guernsey's abortion law.

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 agree that we should invest in our infrastructure and public services. There is a review of the tax system in progress. The Guernsey Partnership of Independents, of which I am a member, wants to ensure we remain competitive whilst sharing the tax burden fairly and not putting an undue load on the lowest paid members of our island, or squeezing the middle.

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?

We can improve some of our tourist attractions such as the museums at Castle Cornet, develop a nature centre and build on the Victor Hugo legacy. We can encourage hotels to upgrade their offering. We should remember though that Guernsey is a small island and can only take a limited amount of tourists.

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

1) driving Guernsey’s economy 2) implement revive and thrive as a priority 3) reduce states expenditure 4) sort out the schools 5) invest in Guernsey’s infrastructure and improve 6) addressing social needs 7) protecting the environment 8) open our closed borders as a priority 9) focus on air and sea links. I do not agree with extending the runway.

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

Since becoming a States member in 2002 everything that I have supported or worked on has been, I believe, for the benefit of Guernsey at that time. No member can achieve anything alone - you need the support of a majority of your committee members and the majority of the States.

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

The civil service should continue to be reformed to provide best value for money and be as efficient as possible. Services can be improved with digital investment and more on-line paperless systems. Guernsey currently collects only 21% of its annual GDP in revenues compared to 26% in Jersey- this illustrates how efficient we are.

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?

No, it is good to encourage other airlines and not be dependent on one airline even if it is state owned.

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

I would prefer that essential utilities such as water and electricity remain in states ownership but they should be commercially managed.

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

I am not aware that public money is currently used to maintain sea links. I do not agree with spending over £1 million to support air links to Heathrow for one year. I want Aurigny to remain as a States owned airline and I would like them to breakeven but I accept that we have to cover any losses they make. I accept that to encourage new routes it is often necessary to offer discounted landing fees for a limited period.

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

The Long-term Care Fund was set up to pay for nursing and residential care so that people’s homes did not need to be sold. I strongly disagreed with proposals for the value of people’s homes being used to calculate a contribution towards their care. Social security contributions will have to increase to meet future funding requirements. We should also investigate what is the most cost effective way of delivering the care provision.

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

I have always voted against a goods and sales tax as it is regressive and expensive to administer.

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

Yes.

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

Support the “Revive and Thrive” to create a more resilient, dynamic, vibrant and sustainable economy. Improve digital connectivity. Work with entrepreneurs to stimulate the economy.

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.

I believe that they are about right - they were based on surveys of living costs and were designed to allow an acceptable standard of living within our community.

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?

A vibrant and sustainable economy in which young people have opportunities to develop and advance their careers will encourage them to come to the island. A good quality of life, a high standard public services and a safe community are also key factors.

How will your religious faith influence your voting decisions?

I vote for what I believe is right for Guernsey. For example my votes against euthanasia, against some of the abortion law changes and against gambling are issues which I have a strong views on and are also consistent with my religious faith.

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 do not support a runway extension. There is no guarantee it will bring cheaper flights and it would not if the user pays for the runway extension. I am sceptical that there will be sufficient commercial benefits. I think that Guernsey would be best served by having frequent flights to Gatwick by a States owned airline with slots that the airline owns, and by having planes based overnight in Guernsey so early flights are not affected by fog.

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?

Following my successful amendment in 2015, I was pleased that the States recently supported the proposal to reduce the cost of visits to GPs and A&E for children as well as improving children’s dental care. If people are able to access primary healthcare at an earlier stage then secondary healthcare costs might be reduced due to earlier diagnosis.

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 support developing end of life care (including palliative care).

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

I know what T levels are, however they have only recently been launched in the UK. They should be available in Guernsey as soon as it is practical to do so.

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?

We need to improve our on-island and off-island digital connectivity. Work with entrepreneurs to stimulate the economy. We also need to use the Guernsey Institute and the Digital Greenhouse to upskill our population.

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 will support the Health & Social Care Committee's proposals for a mental health & well being centre.

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 try to persuade the appropriate committees to carry out public consultations.

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

The States has made a policy decision on the abortion issue by a significant majority. The law will have to come back to the States for approval.

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 await the outcome of the review in order to see which of the models is the best way forward for students. The review, which is being independently overseen, will be a detailed comparison of the models including costs allowing the States to make an informed decision. I will accept the decision of the States.

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?

We should always maintain infrastructure according to criteria including essentiality and affordability. There also needs to be a programme of replacing infrastructure when it reaches the end of its life. Investment in potential new projects which would enhance Guernsey would need to be assessed against other competing demands on capital budgets.

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"?

The policy decision has already been made. I did not think it is acceptable in the 21st century for probate services to be provided by the Ecclesiastical court.

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