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Committee of Inquiry -Procedure Note

23 April 2008


​​Committee of Inquiry Bel Royal


Procedure Note


The Committee of Inquiry is made up of 3 members, as follows -:


1. Mrs Carol Canavan

2. Mr David Watkins

3. Mr Peter Kemble


The quorum of the Committee is 2, and in the absence of the Chairman, Mr. Watkins will chair meetings. The Committee is supported by an Executive Officer/Committee Clerk from the States Greffe.


The Committee has reviewed the large number of documents that exist relevant to their Terms of Reference and has called for such further documents as it requires. The Committee will take written evidence as read, and will hold oral hearings to explore points of disagreement, inconsistencies or matters it wishes to elucidate.


Meetings: The Committee’s business meetings and deliberations will be held in private and are covered by exemption 3.2.1(a) (iii) of the Code of Practice on Public Access to Official Information-


“3.2.1 Information shall be exempt from disclosure, if


(a)      such disclosure would, or might liable to-


(iii) prejudice legal proceedings or the proceedings of any tribunal, public enquiry, Board of Administrative appeal or other formal investigation”


Hearings: The Committee’s hearings will be held in public. Witnesses will be notified of their requirement to attend in advance of the meeting in the first instance by notice, but if required by summons, in accordance with the provisions of The States of Jersey (Powers, Privileges and Immunities) (Committees of Inquiry) (Jersey) Regulations 2007. Please refer to the Notice for full details of relevant procedure and privileges. The notice will identify the areas the Committee wants to address. The Committee will not generally question witnesses on oath, but reserves the right to do so. The hearings will be recorded and transcribed.


Stages of Investigation: The Committee has split its work into 4 Heads of Inquiry:


Part 1   Pre-Zoning/Re-Zoning of the site

Part 2   Development Brief et al 2002-2004

Part 3   2004-2007 Planning Applications

Part 4   Impact on Infrastructure


The Inquiry is taking the following course:


Collection and collation of documentation

Call for Written Evidence

Site Visits

Areas for further investigation

Call to witnesses to give oral evidence

Public Hearings


Production and publication of a Report and Recommendations


Public Hearings will be held on Thursday April 24th and Friday April 25th in the Blampied Room, The States Building, Royal Square. Access for witnesses and the public is via the public entrance onto the Royal Square.

Witnesses will be called to give evidence as follows:


Thursday 24th April

8am                  Minister for Planning & Environment

9.00am            Director of Planning

10.30am            Principal Planner

2pm                  Connetable of St Lawrence

3pm                  Deputy of St Lawrence


Friday 25th April

8.30 am                        Minister for Housing

10am                Assistant Director Health Protection

10.30am            Environmental Health Officer

11.30                Highways & Traffic Engineer TTS

11am                Manager Engineering TTS


Tel: 01534 441032

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