Falklands : MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MR ROGER EDWARDS
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.06.2013 (Article Archived on 06.07.2013)
Mr Speaker, Your Excellency, Honourable Members, I would like to thank His Excellency the Governor for a very full and comprehensive speech with what is absolutely correct – a very upbeat tone.
THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MR ROGER EDWARDS
Mr Speaker, Your Excellency,
Honourable Members, I would like to thank His Excellency the Governor for a
very full and comprehensive speech with what is absolutely correct – a very
The rich natural resources both on
and off shore are ours and income from those resources accrue to us – the
people of the Falkland Islands. His
Excellency spoke of massive possible income from hydrocarbons but I would urge
caution. It is unlikely that oil will
come to the surface until late 2017 and income from that will probably be even
later. Chickens and eggs come to
mind. We managed a budget last year with
an out-turn showing a healthy surplus.
But this does not guarantee an easy budget going forward.
Only two months ago we were
looking at possible refunds to Illex licence holders. This morning – and only this morning – we
heard that we are now looking at about £7 Million income. It shows the volatility of the resources and
the difficulties that we face in planning for the future. We must ensure also that we plan for all
areas of our economy to grow – not just the one.
Argentina continues to annoy us
but as His Excellency stated, we must stick to our own agenda. The referendum, I feel, showed the world
where we wish to be. And I, too, would like
to thank everyone for their support and even the cheerfulness that the
community handled the referendum itself.
And this was commented on by many of the visiting foreign press and
television crews even more so now do we need to carry this message to the wider
world by both overseas visits and by inviting bodies to see the Islands for
It was made very plain of the
impact these Islands have on visitors following the recent Commonwealth
Parliamentary Association Meeting held here in the Islands and other high-ranking
visitors press, politicians and indeed including American Senators. They all left these Islands with a different
and indeed very positive attitude.
I, too, would like to thank the
British Forces who secured our freedom some 31 years ago and continue to
provide that deterrent so that we can plan and develop in the knowledge that we
are safe from those who would do us harm.
I can’t finish without mentioning
Camp and Agriculture. We’ve had a few
very good years with high wool prices and high meat prices but there does seem
to be a downturn evidently in commodity prices and that makes predictions for
the future more difficult. But this does
show actually the relevance of the EDS and including the RDS and the TDS. It is important that we concentrate on these
to ensure that Camp and the community continue to prosper and grow.
I support the Motion of thanks.