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The number of in camera debates held by States of Jersey (FOI)

The number of in camera debates held by States of Jersey (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey on behalf of the States Greffe and published on 18 December 2015.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


How many “in camera” debates the States have held each year since 2000, numbers broken down by year?

The article of legislation which permits “in camera” debates.


The number of in camera debates held by the States of Jersey since 2000 are listed in the table below.

​Year​Number of in camera debates

In 2003, the in camera debate on Fief de la Fosse: proposed agreements with Les Pas Holdings Limited was held over a number of days and has been counted as one in camera debate.

In 2005, there were two propositions adopted to hold in camera debates on two separate amendments to the debate on the Island Plan. These have been counted as two separate in camera debates.

Since November 2005, the articles of legislation which permit in camera debates are articles 81 and 82 of the standing orders of the States of Jersey (States of Jersey Law 2005).  

Prior to this, the applicable article of legislation was article 46 of the Standing Orders of the States of Jersey (States of Jersey Law 1966). 

A full copy of the legislation can be found on the Jersey Law website below.

In addition, there are various other laws which stipulate that certain debates by the States Assembly should be held in camera. 

These are:

  • Department of the Judiciary and the Legislature (Jersey) Law (Article 4)
  • Gambling Commission (Jersey) Law (Articles 2 and 5)
  • Financial Services Commission (Jersey) Law (Articles 3 and 4)
  • Food Safety (Jersey) Law (Article 2)
  • Comptroller and Auditor General (Jersey) Law (Articles 3 and 7)
  • Customs and Excise (Jersey) Law (Article 4)
  • States of Jersey Law (Article 41)
  • States of Jersey Police Force Law (Article 9)
  • Public Finances (Jersey) Law (Article 29)

A full copy of the legislation can be found on the website below. 

Jersey Law

This response has been issued on behalf of the States Greffe. The States Greffe is responsible for the information held by (and on behalf of) both itself and the States Assembly.  Neither the States Assembly nor the States Greffe form part of the Government of Jersey and the Government was not involved either in the examination and retrieval of any information required for this response, nor in the drafting of the response itself.
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