Falklands : Motion for Adjournment Speech by the Honourable Mr Roger Edwards, MLA
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 24.04.2014 (Article Archived on 29.05.2014)
Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment I would first like to start by mentioning the School Careers Fair that took place in the Sports hall last week. I must say I was very impressed by both the turn-out
Motion for Adjournment Speech by the Honourable Mr Roger Edwards, MLA
Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment I would first like to start by mentioning the School Careers Fair that took place in the Sports hall last week. I must say I was very impressed by both the turn-out and the enthusiasm of the young people there. I must say I have great faith in our youngsters and I am sure they will respond to the companies and things that put up their trade stands at the careers fair. It is not just something that should happen on a Wednesday afternoon, in the Sports Hall. Careers for our young people should be on-going and they should be supported all the way through. And I would hope that all those who had stands and things there follow it through and keep in touch with the Youngsters who did show a little speck of interest perhaps and say we saw you had a bit of interest there and maybe you should come back and have a day with us rather than organised weeks. But careers matter and the Falkland Islands need our own youngsters to become qualified and come back and fill the posts here. So I can’t stress that enough.
There was some comment about the Police standing around with their sub machine guns, side arms and riot shields, night sticks and things but by golly did they ever have a bunch of youngsters around. It generated enthusiasm. So whether it was right or wrong to have Police in the School, I don’t know. But it did engender enthusiasm, much the same as the Fire Brigade. There was a wonderful one there. They took off a jacket and helmet and there was this little lad. He couldn’t have been more than about 3ft tall. First of all they put on a huge fireman’s coat so he almost disappeared. They then put on a helmet and he completely disappeared. But he was thrilled to be there taking part so I do congratulate everyone who took part in that careers fair. And I think it was summed up by a representative of one of our local oil companies here when he said it would put any number of schools in the UK to shame to see the enthusiasm and so on there. So very well done to all the organisers and all those who bothered to take time out, set up stands and offer advice to those youngsters. Well done all.
My next subject is the Park homes that caused quite a debate at the public meeting on Tuesday evening. I have since discovered that no windows were removed to take out the white goods that were removed from those cabins. Some of them are leaking around the windows and doors. But that’s not because they removed them to take the white goods out. However, it has come to my attention subsequent to the public meeting – and I hope to goodness that it is not true – and I have passed the information on to a couple of my Colleagues who are going to follow it up. But I have been told that some of the higher specification cabins with double bedrooms and en-suite shower rooms and so on which were brought in to help with our contractor accommodation shortage – I am told that one locum who is here for only a very brief period refused to go in there and so is now housed in a hotel for the month they are here. I hope that’s not right and I am sure my colleagues will come back to me with whether that is true or not.
But we have heard that we have a very difficult situation regarding the budget and so on and we can’t be seen to be spending money unwisely putting people in hotels when we have these Park Homes available to a higher specification. They are good enough for the locals, they should be good enough for the contractors.
My Honourable Colleague Ian Hansen has mentioned our visit yesterday to the Abattoir. And I thank the General Manager, John Ferguson for taking time out to show us around. We had quite a discussion about boils and hatch door and other things that one does when speaking of animals in the Abattoir. But it was quite a surprise when we saw the animals lined up and the difference in quality between the animals. I believe that getting the animals fit to go to the Abattoir and getting the fat score right, aiming for one score above what you need to deliver to the Abattoir and the matter over the huge number of boils that seem to be appearing at the Abattoir at the moment does need further discussion and I know that the Department of Agriculture, the Abattoir and everyone involved are setting up a series of meetings to discuss those things and I hope that it’s going to go forward.
I, too, would like to say thank you very much to John Duncan and Ann Marie for their brief visit here to the Islands. I think he has done a wonderful job and has made quite a mark on the Islands.
At the last Assembly meeting I congratulated the Commander British Forces for him going out and visiting the Camp, the Settlements and so on and I would like to say thank you very much to John Duncan as well, who did the same thing. In his very brief period he found time to get out and travel around the roads on both the East and West Falklands to attend the dog trials and so on and the feedback is very positive. I can say again and again and again please get out and find out what the Falkland Islands is all about. The Falkland Islands are not the main street in Stanley.
And I will end by reminding everyone – I know it has been mentioned several times before – but we have this public discussion in an open meeting on the Capital Programme on Thursday evening next and I really encourage everyone to please come along and put your point of view forward.
Mr Speaker, I support the Motion.