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ESC to face Scrutiny

ESC to face Scrutiny

Monday 19 June 2023

ESC to face Scrutiny

Monday 19 June 2023

The next public Scrutiny hearing will be held two week's today with Education, Sport and Culture under the spotlight.

The hearing is a re-arranged date following the previous date being postponed over concerns about live-streaming it.

The SMC had to postpone that hearing shortly before it was due to begin at 10:00 on 5 April after concerns were raised "about live-streaming public hearings on the internet".

At the time, Scrutiny said the decision to postpone was taken “reluctantly… until these concerns can be fully understood and resolved”. ESC was said to be unconnected to the postponement.


Pictured: ESC's Scrutiny hearing has been rescheduled after being postponed at short notice in April.

At the time, the Office for the Data Protection Authority said data legislation shouldn't be a barrier to live-streaming a public scrutiny hearing. 

It emphasised how important data protection requirements are, but in theory it didn't think there should be any reason a livestreaming hearing shouldn’t be undertaken. 

The Authority said it wasn’t consulted prior to the media reporting of the issue raised by civil servants that then led to the cancellation of the meeting. It hopes that Scrutiny and the States’ data protection officers can work together to find a solution. 

Deputy Yvonne Burford

Pictured: Deputy Yvonne Burford is President of the Scrutiny Management Committee.

The hearing will now take place between 09:30 and 11:30 on Monday 3 July at the Castel Douzaine Room.

The Scrutiny Panel will include Deputy Yvonne Burford (Chair), Deputy Simon Fairclough and former States Member Michelle Le Clerc.

Concerns over live-streaming the hearings must have been allayed as it will be shared via Youtube live, and to be watched back later.

SMC President, Deputy Burford, said:

“This hearing with the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture will focus principally on progress being made on current issues along with key areas of the Committee’s mandate. Education matters continue to be of significant public and political interest and debate, and I welcome this opportunity to carefully examine progress made to date.”

As this is a formal parliamentary proceeding, members of the public can attend but cannot ask questions or make any comment whilst the hearing is in progress.


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