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Falklands : Motion for Adjournment Speech by the Hon mr Ian Hansen (130731)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.07.2013 (Article Archived on 28.08.2013)

First of all I would like to very much echo the sentiments expressed by the Honourable Gavin Short and the Honourable Jan Cheek about our competitors overseas of late.

IH:  Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I will be brief.  I just have a few things to mention today.

 

First of all I would like to very much echo the sentiments expressed by the Honourable Gavin Short and the Honourable Jan Cheek about our competitors overseas of late.  I would just like to add my congratulations to them all, not only for their sporting abilities but of course for the public relations job that they do very well when they are overseas and it is very important that they do that.

 

Sadly the Island Games did end on a bit of a tragic note with the death of the two competitors from the Faroe Islands.  I am sure this House will join me in passing on condolences to those involved.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Honourable Mike Summers and the Honourable Sharon Halford on their excellent addresses and the hard work they put in during the Committee of 24 Meetings in New York.  I believe this year they did an exemplary job and I think the more aggressive stance that we have taken at this Committee is definitely in our advantage now.  I do recall the days when I first attended it was very much a ‘gently, gently’ approach.  And, I think with the attitude of Argentina, I think what we are doing now is absolutely correct.

 

Earlier this month we had a very successful Farmers’ week.  Well, I do feel the title ‘Farmers’ Week’ is somewhat outdated.  It gives us the idea it is just a lot of farmers getting together and talking about Agriculture.  Of course that happens but an awful lot of people from other sectors now attend the meetings.  One disappointment I found was there wasn’t a presentation from tourism at any of the days.  I don’t know what the reason was but it was a great shame as tourism is, of course, one of our strongest industries.

 

There was a consultation on road designation and the Road Traffic Ordinance.  I am not going to run over all the things I normally say, apart from just saying that I think it was a very productive consultation.  There are some very sensible and practical that may come out of it and I do hope that next week when we meet with Officers that we will take into account all those views that came from that consultation and we can amend the present Bill so that the practicalities of whatever goes on in the future are addressed in a sensible manner.

 

I would briefly just also like to mention Helen Bell and Tom Hill as second portfolio holder for Education.  All I can say is I agree totally with Councillor Cheek’s expressions and thanks.  I would also like to mention as portfolio holder for Civil Aviation the movement of Andrew Newman to the private sector and thank him for the work he has done over the years and I would like to welcome his successor.

 

And finally, Mr Speaker, I would like to welcome the Commander British Forces to this Assembly and also to welcome the new Deputy Speaker.

 

Mr Speaker, I support the Motion.

 

 

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