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Falklands : Falklands: MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH OF THE HON MRS SHARON HALFORD
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 02.06.2012 (Article Archived on 16.06.2012)

Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment I shall be brief.

MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECH OF THE HON MRS SHARON HALFORD


 


Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, in rising to support the Motion for Adjournment I shall be brief.


 


I would first like to welcome Keith Padgett our new Chief Executive to the Chamber. Although he’s been here before, he has only been here in an ‘Acting’ capacity, not as the Chief Executive.


 


Earlier this week I had the honour of attending the Landing Day Service at San Carlos and laid a wreath on behalf of the people of the Falkland Islands. We had a very good turn-out of people this year including a large element of H M Forces.


I also recently attended the service at Goose Green in memory of Nick Taylor. And it is in times like this that even 30 years on you look about and see visiting veterans and families and people who are in HM Forces today and you can also see just how dedicated people here in the Islands are in their determination that those who perished or were injured in securing out freedom will not be forgotten. We will be forever grateful.


 


The whole day at San Carlos ran smoothly and I would like to thank those civilians who organised it all. Even the weather was kind during the morning although I suspect that was out-with their control.


 


There was some comment after the day about the lack of MLA attendance. And I would like to clarify this point for the future. As everybody knows there are only eight of us and we do our best to go to as many events as possible. Sometimes there may only be one of us at any given event but at least there is one. And the reason for that is that other MLAs were unavailable because they were working elsewhere.


 


I was delighted to see the front page of Penguin News this morning and I am sure a large portion of the population was, too, in that we were able to push forward the banning of ‘legal highs’ as they are known as quickly as we have. Thanks for this must go to the Attorney General’s Chambers for all their efforts in this area. Let us hope that by banning these substances now we may have saved a young life or two.


 


We have already lost and are about to lose some very long-serving personnel from both the Hospital and FIGAS. These are all valued Members of Staff and will be greatly missed. However, I would like to take this opportunity to thank these people for their long years of services and hope they enjoy their well-deserved retirement, although they should be warned that people tend to work even harder when retired.


 


The Committee of 24 will be meeting in New York in June and on this occasion the Honourable Roger Edwards and Mike Summers will be attending on our behalf and I wish them well.


 


The Honourable Dick Sawle is also overseas on our behalf at present and should be thanked for attending all the events around the UK for his being to representing the Falklands and has yet to go to. It is quite a commitment spending so much time away but necessary if we wish to be seen and spread the word.


 


I would also like to thank all the other members of our society who have taken the time and effort to represent the Falklands in various areas of media of late. We can never have too many good ambassadors.


 


I support the Motion.


 


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