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Falklands : Falklands: Executive Council Report 21 August 2013
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.08.2013 (Article Archived on 10.09.2013)

The penultimate scheduled Executive Council meeting of this Assembly took place on 21 August with The Hon Ian Hansen, the Hon Dick Sawle and the Hon Jan Cheek present with officials.

Executive Council Report 21 August 2013

 

The penultimate scheduled Executive Council meeting of this Assembly took place on 21 August with The Hon Ian Hansen, the Hon Dick Sawle and the Hon Jan Cheek present with officials.

 

It was confirmed that the Minimum Wage legislation will come into effect on 1 December after the circulation of guidance notes on its implementation.

 

The final supplementary Appropriation Bill for the 2012/13 financial year was remitted to the meeting of the Legislative Assembly on 22 August.

 

We agreed a paper proposing to bring in house the calculation of annuity factors and another confirming a loan from FIDC.

 

Executive Council agreed that further work should be done on the potential removal of Permitted Development Rights from Crown Projects. This would aim to ensure adequate consultation on potentially controversial FIG projects, and go some way to removing the double standard where FIG can undertake a wide range of works without consultation.

 

We agreed the proposal to make regulations to create a managed spoil dumping area South of Megabid in the hope that this will solve a number of problems recently high lighted in other areas. We also agreed a paper regarding the management of former minefields with the proviso that posts and signs be placed to mark where they had been.

 

In the minerals section of the meeting we approved two Exploration Licence extensions.

 

The only paper in the policy section was the Rural Development Strategy Action Plan for 2013/14

 

The first paper in the legal section was the legislation for emergency and replacement proxies and a brief amendment to the electoral ordinance both of which were remitted to the Legislative Assembly.

 

Also in the legal section was a paper summarising proposals to apply some provisions of Road Traffic legislation to public highways not currently subject to that legislation. Finally a licence to moor fish cages was agreed.  

 

One of the papers in the Human Resources section proposed a restructure of the Leisure centre team. Another was the revision of the section of the management code relating to the evaluation procedures. It was agreed and should simplify and streamline the process.

 

The final HR paper proposed improvements to the way FIG funded training schemes are administered. Members requested that a clear route for applications be made available urgently because of the large under spend in this area which, at least in part, reflected the obstacles to accessing funding.

 

Other matters discussed included the proposed schedule of meetings for the first half of 2014. MLAs requested that more frequent meetings be pencilled in so that the new Assembly can have the more frequent meetings suggested in the recent review.

 

Two new members of the FLH Board were agreed as was a new member for the Historic Buildings Committee.

 

We agreed the publication of a paper regarding FM radio services to camp and finally agreed the publication of the responses to the ‘Your future - your say’ consultation.  

 

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