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Motion for Adjournment: The Hon Mrs Jan Cheek (12/13)


Tape and Transcript by J. Brock (FINN)

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, first I would like to refer back to a comment of the Honourable Michael Poole on the possibility of a Credit Union and of course I share his enthusiasm for that idea and further, I am not discouraged by the fact that there are only 20 responses to the consultation on it. Bearing in mind that 20 is a percentage of the population here for a very, very specialist subject is rather better than the 6 responses that I recall in the past on some consultations.

I have a concern rather different from one or two of the others expressed around the table and that is in the light of some of the more optimistic expectations that may have been raised during the election campaign. I am afraid that those public expectations may begin to out strip the sustainable levels of income that we have. We need to be sure that as far as possible we do not launch into unsustainable long-term expenditure. And it is up to us as an Assembly to manage those expectations, especially given the slippage of our development plans.

In passing I wanted to refer to one of the recommendations of the very useful Lucy Faithful Foundation Report relating to Child Protection. And one of those recommendations was a public education campaign. As some months have now passed since the report was received, I look forward to seeing this commence so that we can feel that parents and anyone else with responsibility for the young and of the vulnerable, this is one formed as possible to best protect those people.

One of the things that I do every year( and while not seen as relevant but not seen as important) thats to thank the emergency services and the voluntary services, many of whom will be on duty or on call over the Christmas holidays when the rest of us are enjoying ourselves. And as others have said, the same applies to her Majestys Forces. I think its important that our continuing appreciation of their presence in the Islands, of their efforts and the protection they give us is regularly made a matter of the public record.

I support the Motion.

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