Falklands : Falklands’ Executive Council March 2013 Summary
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 07.04.2013 (Article Archived on 21.04.2013)
Executive council met a day early this month on March 26, to allow two days preliminary work on the 2013/14 budget on the following two days.
Falklands’ Executive Council March 2013 Summary
By The Hon Mrs Jan Cheek, MLA
Executive council met a day early this month on March 26, to
allow two days preliminary work on the 2013/14 budget on the following two
After the confirmation of previous minutes ExCo ran through the legislation
Task Status report which has become a vast document as more and more items are
added, not just updating outdated laws or those that are inadequate in the 21st
century, but also new legislation to meet emerging requirements.
The first fiscal paper was that providing for an agreement to allow the
localisation of a photocopier contract. The next, for which the Director of
Central Services attended, looked at the planning of an Infrastructure Development
for oil. This is a starting point to ensure that developments are managed in
line with FIG policy.
A paper on Museum building requirements was agreed and it was also noted that
the boundary of the Museum development in the old Dockyard should be clearly
A request to seek specialist legal opinion on temporary port facilities was
agreed as were essential works on FIPASS.
Two papers regarding additional large expenditure on quarry equipment were
agreed and remitted to Standing Finance Committee. This expenditure is required
because of likely demand for increased production.
ExCo then deferred two weighty papers, actuarial reviews of both Pensions (Old
Scheme) and Retirement Pensions, to give more time for members to study them
and meet with the Financial Secretary to discuss them.
The next financial paper related to potential localisation of the air terminal.
Funding was approved to investigate this.
The next five papers concerned oil readiness reviews; the first a summary of
necessary actions compiled by the Head of Policy from various sources. Another
contained advice on clarifying tax legislation and a third reviewed marine
legislation. ExCo noted an information paper from FIDC on their recent
activities in support of FI private sector involvement in the oil and gas
industry. The fifth was to note the latest oil action plan update and agree its
publication. A spokesperson for ExCo said: "This is a useful summary of
where we are on most of the important foreseeable oil related matters on which
considerable work is being done and it will be useful for people to see all the
areas being dealt with. Lastly in this section we considered an application for
an oil licence extension."
On advice and pending decisions regarding permanent and temporary port
facilities ExCo agreed an interim land disposal policy.
Two legal papers followed, first a review of the Medical Treatment Overseas
policy which has been agreed and published. They then received a short report
on the first year activities of Falkland Islands Legal Services, "which
has clearly fulfilled expectations and provided a valuable additional
option," said the spokesperson.
Two trustees were reappointed to the Museum and National Trust and a lay member
to the Planning and Building committee.
The second part of the meeting considered budget related papers for referral to
Select Committee. These were all remitted to be considered during budget