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Wide range of questions from Daniel Feetham

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Leader of the Opposition and GSD Party Leader, Daniel Feetham, will be asking a wide range of questions at next Friday’s Question and Answer session ranging from the use of recruitment consultants to fill public service jobs to complaints by purchasers in the new affordable housing projects.

These are some of the areas on which the GSLP/Lib Government will be questioned on:

On BREXIT Daniel Feetham will ask the Government whether it intends to follow the example of Scotland and intervene in proceedings currently being litigated in the English Courts on whether the UK Government can lawfully use prerogative powers to give a notification under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

On the public service he will ask how many permanent and pensionable public servants are currently acting in posts across the public service and how many individuals under contract with recruitment consultants are currently covering posts which are vacant across the public service.  He will also ask for an update as to the external recruitment of Administrative Assistants and details of those public servants who have retired whilst being temporary promoted by officer grade and the post.

On training he will ask how many individuals have actually been taken in for training at NVQ level 1 at the two training centres in each of the last four years.

On employment related issues he will ask how many Gibraltarians are currently employed at the Sunborn Hotel.  Following on from questions in previous sessions as to whether the Sunborn Hotel had made repayments on the £30-40 million loan from Credit Finance Co Limited as and when they feel due, the Leader of the Opposition will want to know whether any of the capital has been repaid on that loan.

On the affordable homes, he will ask about complaints of defects from purchasers.

He will also ask whether the Government intends to reform sentencing laws for attempted murder in order to ensure that the law in Gibraltar is not more lenient than in England and Wales which is the position at the moment.

Daniel Feetham, Leader of the Opposition and GSD Party Leader

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We call on the Government to explain public service vacancies

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We call on the Government to explain whether it intends to fill the 177.5 vacancies in the public service which it revealed existed in answers to Parliamentary questions from the Leader of the Opposition.  It will also be recalled that the Government advertised for AA posts just before the Summer and nothing appears to have happened.  If the Government is considering introducing efficiencies by not filling all these vacancies then it should say so.  In addition the GSD calls on the Government to explain why there is so much long term acting in Senior posts.  These include the Director of Social Security, Director of Employment, Commissioner of Income Tax, the SO post at the Civil Status and Registration Department and the Principle Housing Officer. The GSLP-Liberals were elected into office in 2011 promising to end long term acting in Senior Posts.  Long term acting on this scale smacks of political hypocrisy.

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We’re astonished by lack of Government strategy on Drugs and Rehabilitation

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On the 28 June 2013 the Government announced with much fanfare the establishment of a Inter Ministerial Committee to address Gibraltar’s drugs problem. On the GSLP’s reelection to Government on 26 November 2015, the Chief Minister took the view that, in the allocation of responsibilities, the Chief Minister should head and take forward the Government’s policy on drugs and rehabilitation. On the recent cabinet reshuffle the Chief Minister lamented that he was relinquishing control of this serious responsibility to Miss Sacramento given that his focus was on Brexit. This week in Parliament the CM announced the creation of yet another Inter Ministerial Committee which will be chaired by the Chief Minister.

On the reconstitution of the Committee Shadow Justice Minister, Elliott Phillips MP, stated:

“It is deeply disappointing that the Government fails to proactively develop a strategy on drugs and their misuse. The creation of committee after committee without setting out detailed terms of reference and strategy demonstrates that the Government are neglecting a serious issue within our community. Instead the Government wishes to play the blame game and not address the serious concerns of many about the misuse of drugs and their destructive effect on family life. Our drugs policy requires strong, dedicated and focused leadership”.

 

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