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Falklands : Falklands: Executive Council Report 24 July 2013
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 27.07.2013 (Article Archived on 17.08.2013)

This months EXCO began with the approval of release of funding to be drawn down for the use of shipping links to and from the Islands. MLA Edwards attended in place of MLA Cheek for these items. MLA Cheek then rejoined MLA Sawle and MLA Hansen for the remainder of the meeting.





Executive Council
Report 24 July 2013



 



This
months EXCO began with the approval of release of funding to be drawn down for
the use of shipping links to and from the Islands.
MLA Edwards attended in place of MLA Cheek for these items. MLA Cheek then
rejoined MLA Sawle and MLA Hansen for the remainder of the meeting.



 



The
task status report was noted and then applications for temporary port measures
in Stanley were
considered. The approval of the policy steer on Port location and oil
infrastructure development was then given.



 



The
recommendations of an independent review of the courts by the Ministry of
Justice were accepted. These recommendations, taken as a whole, when
implemented will represent a fundamental shift in the way the Court operates in
the Falklands.



 



The
request for capital funding to enable refurbishment of the wet side changing
room facilities at the Leisure Centre was approved. This work will be done in
conjunction with the current work underway on the swimming pool.



 



Approval
was given to the response to recommendations made by the PAC concerning their
review Recruitment and Selection costs. This will be submitted to the Assembly
in due course.



 



EXCO
then approved the recommendation to extend the exemption of defence related
taxation for a further year.



 



The
proposed funding allocation for the road programme 2013/14 was agreed to.



 



The
release of funding to address the shortfall in housing was approved. This
consists of the construction of an additional 30 houses to the Sapper Hill
development, infrastructure for ‘oil plots’ in phase ¾ of Sapper Hill, funding
for design and construction of a mobile home park at Murray Heights South, the
purchase of 19 mobile homes of which 9 will be allocated solely for FIMCo use,
and a release of existing capital for the construction of 3 semi detached units
for local pool housing.



There
was also a sum allocated for the negotiation of lease or renting private
property to meet immediate needs of housing contract staff.



 



Members
then approved Safety Case Guidelines as required by Offshore Installations
(Safety Case) Order 2008. The production of an emergency code of practice to be
drawn up was noted.



 



The
adoption of overarching policy statements reference the management of
hydrocarbon development in the Falklands was
approved. These statements are based on the Norwegian Governments approach in
the form of ‘ten oil commandments’ (although ours only come to eight in total).



 



Approval
was then given to the Corporate Risk Management Policy and Implementation
Strategy. This is intended to standardise existing practices and draw
information currently held in individual directorates into a central resource.



 



Voting
arrangements for the forthcoming general election were discussed and approved,
and the date of Thursday 7
th November was approved as the day of the
election



 



The
approval of the draft Electoral (amendment) bill 2013 and drafting of
supplementary legislation was given. Amendments will include provision for
emergency voting, and the removal of the serial number from ballot papers.  Detailed regulations will be submitted to
EXCO in August.



 



An
information paper updating ongoing fishery related policies and legislative
reviews were noted, and then EXCO considered and endorsed response to
recommendations in the second report of the remuneration panel.



 



The
approval of the publication for a Bill amending the Road Traffic Ordinance was
given to be presented at Legislative assembly in August. Further discussion is
planned in the near future to determine exactly what amendments are
appropriate.



 



EXCO
approved the recommendation for an amendment to the Immigration Ordinance in
order to address a PRP being automatically revoked where the holder has gone on
to acquire Falkland Island Status by marriage under the former constitution.
This means that remaining individuals who previously held PRP and then acquired
FIS by marriage under the former constitution will be eligible to have PRP
re-instated.



 



Three applications
for Falkland Island Status were approved.



 



EXCO
then considered and approved the removal of the 12 hour cap on FIDF Volunteers earnings
in any 24 hour period, and also agreed to increase hourly rates of remuneration
for volunteers by 20%. 



 



Nominations
for the award of the Queens Certificate and
Badge of Honour were considered next, and after lengthy discussion it was
decided not to make any awards this year.



 



Under AOB the
Honourable Jan Cheek was re-appointed as chairperson to the



Education Board, for
the remainder of this Assembly.



 



 



 



END



 



 

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