St Helena : St. Helena Executive Council Meeting (21 August 2007)
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Juanita Brock) 25.08.2007 (Article Archived on 08.09.2007)
A meeting of the Executive Council was held in the Council Chamber on Monday 21 August 2007 commencing at 9.30am.
Executive Council Meeting held 21 August 2007
By Cyril Gunnell
CThere were four items on the open agenda: Outsourcing Policy and Programme; Legislative Programme; Keeping the Laws of St Helena Up-to-date; Leases – Security of Tenure.
Outsourcing Policy and Programme
This item received healthy discussion with input from Susan O’Bey the Contract and External Services Manager. The Outsourcing Consultant Eric Arnold had made two visits to the island and the final GIC report has been received.
Outsourcing is a high priority in the Sustainable Development Plan. Although outsourcing will have financial implications, initially it is anticipated that there will be positive impacts in the long term. Council supports outsourcing in principle but there are concerns about monopolies; monitoring will be very important.
To this end Monopoly and Price Control Regulations are in the work plan. It was decided to defer decision on the Outsourcing Policy and Procedure Plan until the next meeting to allow the contents of the document to be fully digested.
The Attorney General informed the meeting of the list of legislation that needs to be drafted and the priority that each has been given. There needs to be a structured approach. Council supported the order of priority generally but would like to see the Employment Legislation nearer the top of the list.
Keeping the Laws of St Helena Up-to-date
Part of the Attorney General’s terms of reference is keeping the laws of St Helena updated. The AG informed the meeting of work that has been done already and what is planned. He sought Council’s advice as to what is more important. Council agreed with the AG’s draft schedule.
Leases - Security of Tenure
A draft Bill is being prepared which will remove any uncertainty as to what happens when a lease comes to an end. It was agreed that the Bill should be printed and published for public consultation.