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Freedom of Information Panel


**For information only: Applications closed**. 


The Scrutiny Management Committee is creating a completely new panel to hear freedom of information appeals.

The new panel will be made up of five people. At least two will be legally trained and the others will be members of the public.


Back in June, Deputy Yvonne Burford, President of the Scrutiny Management Committee, led a States debate on the process by which the media and the public can request information from States committees.

Rather than bringing in full Freedom of Information legislation, Deputies agreed with Scrutiny’s recommendation to strengthen the existing Access to Public Information system by adding the right of appeal if a request is denied.

ITV Channel TV: Guernsey politicians vote against introducing Freedom of Information law.
Bailiwick Express: Guernsey rejects plans for ‘right to know’ law.

Time commitment

As this is a new panel, it is difficult to be precise about the time commitment but Scrutiny estimates that there will be 12 meetings of approximately 3 hours each per year. Panel members are likely to be eligible to claim a fee of £80 per three hour session. Training will be provided.

How to apply

To apply, send a covering note and your CV by email to or by post to the Scrutiny Management Committee at Edward T. Wheadon House.

If you would like more information first, contact the Office of Scrutiny Management Committee on 222043 or email

Closed: 13 December 2021


Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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