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Falklands : Falklands: Executive Council Meeting 03 June 2014
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.06.2014 (Article Archived on 19.07.2014)

This meeting contained a number of papers related to the Budget.
The Draft Estimates were noted and passed onto Budget Select Committee
The Finance Bill and Supplementary Appropriation Bill were noted and will be raised at Legislative Assembly on June 4th

Report on the meeting of Executive Council held on Tuesday 03 June 2014

Members in Attendance: MLA Elsby, MLA Rendell and MLA Summers

This meeting contained a number of papers related to the Budget.
The Draft Estimates were noted and passed onto Budget Select Committee
The Finance Bill and Supplementary Appropriation Bill were noted and will be raised at Legislative Assembly on June 4th

We next looked at a paper concerning Falkland Landholdings draft Budget. I am unable to go into details but suffice it to say the company is doing very well and it is good to see money being reinvested into their farms

The Police Radio system is coming to the end of its useful life and a paper was presented requesting funds for a replacement. Members want to be sure that any system purchased will be able to link in with communication systems used by all the other emergency services and have asked for this to be looked into.

There is a need for 2 additional classrooms at the Infant and Junior School for the coming academic year. A number of possibilities are being looked into and a final decision will be made as soon as possible.

We agreed a paper asking to extend the contract for provision for the provision of the surgical and anaesthetic cover for the Hospital for further 2 years. During this period work will take place on how best to provide this service in the long term

All MLAs are supportive of localisation of services at MPA and we reviewed a paper updating us on progress. More work needs to be done before any final decisions can be taken

We then looked at a report on the provision of Early Years Childcare. A Nursery Liaison Officer was appointed after a recommendation from the Lucy Faithful report. The aim was to work with the nurseries in the Islands to improve provision. This has been very successful and members noted the report.

We then looked at a paper from the Head of Environmental Planning and the Head of Policy concerning Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations and Permitted developments in Stanley and Camp both for individuals, FIG and MOD.
We all agreed that this is an important paper and that public input is essential. To help people comment on the proposals, we asked for the report to be divided into discrete parts before being put out for consultation.

Next came a paper on how we might better manage Cape Pembroke area. This area is part of a National Nature Reserve and its close proximity to Town means it is well frequented by residents and tourists alike.

The paper made a number of recommendations and members asked that Falkland Conservation be asked how they might help in the day to day management. We also recommended that the road to the lighthouse be completed and this was referred to Budget Select Committee. We also accepted that Mary Hill Quarry dump should be closed as soon as an alternative is found we all agreed having an active dump within a National Nature reserve was far from ideal.

Our next paper concerned the interim Policy and Procedures for FIDC. We made a few recommendations as to matters that might be looked at.

A paper on Prison and Offenders Management resulting from a visit by the Prison Advisor was discussed. This recommended changes in how the prison is managed and offenders rehabilitated. Many of the recommendations have already been acted upon and others will follow from the budgetary process.

A brief paper was agreed recommending that FIG waive the Export/Import fees when weapons are taken out of the Islands in order to compete in the Commonwealth Games. This was agreed but members asked the Financial Secretary to explore ways of delegating such authority from Executive Council for similar matters in the future.

Members then looked at a paper from the Director of Education as to how best to support a number of children recently arrived in the Islands who have little or no English. It is not an ideal situation and as a result of these cases procedures have been put in place such that no child should arrive in the Islands without their ability to access the English Curriculum being known. We were able to agree a way forward such that the required support can be provided in the next financial year.

The final paper was from the Director of Emergency Services recommending changes to the on-call and call out payments for the full time and retained fire officers. Members agreed these changes.

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