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Falklands : MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MICHAEL POOLE
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.06.2014 (Article Archived on 19.07.2014)

Thank you Mr Speaker, Your Excellency, Honourable Members, I would like to add my thanks to the Governor for his address and also associate myself with the earlier thanks that were offered to the UK Government generally for their unwavering support and also to the local Civil Service for their hard work and support of the Government.

MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MICHAEL POOLE

MP: Thank you Mr Speaker, Your Excellency, Honourable Members, I would like to add my thanks to the Governor for his address and also associate myself with the earlier thanks that were offered to the UK Government generally for their unwavering support and also to the local Civil Service for their hard work and support of the Government.

As His Excellency highlights we have laid out a challenging but generally optimistic Islands’ plan. I am personally very delighted we have done that and agree with most of what is in that but clearly still welcome people’s feedback on the plan generally.

I hope that in ten years’ time anyone that looks back on this period will be able to see tangible output from this Government and that we will be living in a country that has significantly better infrastructure but continue to support the young and the elderly and that has a much more transparent and assessable legal framework and system generally.

Regardless of our economic situation in 10 years’ time I would also hope that I will continue to live in a country and in a community that continues to welcome people and, as has been mentioned, I hope that any new immigration strategy may agree in the coming years has that fundamental principle underpinned.

I shall conclude by making reference to a particularly important piece of work that you mentioned in this morning’s address and that is a local content code of practice in the oil industry. It is fundamentally important that we get this document right the first time. I don’t think we will have any second chances here. We need to make sure the general tone, level of obligation that’s imposed on the industry generally and also a definition of what is a Falkland Islands’ company is done properly up front because I think we will regret it in a decade if we are not strong enough. There is still some work to be done on the draft but it is progressing and hopefully in the next couple of months we will see that work conclude.

I would clearly appreciate any views from the private sector on that document as well. Mr Speaker, I support the Motion.

 

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