St Helena : St Helena: EXCO REPORT: 27 AUGUST 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 29.08.2013 (Article Archived on 26.09.2013)
Executive Council met on Tuesday 27 August 2013 with four items on the agenda.
This was an open session of ExCo but no members of the public were in attendance.
The first item of business was the proposal to downgrade Wranghams from a Grade II to a Grade III Listed Building.
EXCO REPORT: 27 AUGUST 2013
Executive Council met on Tuesday
27 August 2013 with four items on the agenda.
This was an open session of ExCo
but no members of the public were in attendance.
The first item of business was the
proposal to downgrade Wranghams from a Grade II to a Grade III Listed Building.
The reasons put forward for the
downgrading included that it was currently a Grade II listed building and as
such would only be available for long term leasing, whereas downgrading to
Grade III would permit sale of the property with fewer restrictions on future
Executive Council did not agree
that the downgrading procedure was appropriate and rejected the proposal. ExCo
stated that in principle they did not wish to set a precedent for downgrading
of properties for ease of sale. Wranghams is a significant cultural asset for
the Island; it is of historic interest and merit. ExCo members recommended that
Wranghams should be re-advertised and put back on the market at Grade II for a
long term lease and that a survey be done of the building.
The second agenda item was to
amend the Medical Practitioners (Qualifications) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations,
2013, to include Guatemala on the schedule. This was to enable the new surgeon
due to arrive in September to practice medicine on St Helena. ExCo agreed the
The next two agenda items were for
ExCo to consider and advise if two bills should be tabled as Government
Business at the next formal meeting of Legislative Council.
One related to the Commissioner of
Oaths Amendment Bill, 2013 to enable qualified lawyers to act as Commissioners
of Oaths on St Helena. This will increase the number of Commissioners of Oaths
available to the public and follows UK practice. ExCo agreed for the bill to be
tabled at the next formal LegCo.
The second bill related to the
Welfare of Children Amendment Ordinance, 2013. At present children who are to
be adopted can only be placed for adoption on St Helena. The purpose of this
amendment is to allow a Supreme Court Judge to place a child for adoption
outside of St Helena if it is in the child’s best interests. For example if a
child living on St Helena was orphaned and the nearest relative was in the UK
then the child could be placed with their relative overseas. ExCo agreed for
the bill to be tabled at the next formal LegCo.
The final item of business was a
discussion about the need to have an open agenda in future ExCo meetings where
appropriate. It was agreed that there would be a presumption in favour of
openness but that certain matters, particularly those concerning individuals,
would be discussed under a closed agenda.
The meeting finished around
Thank you for listening.
27 August 2013