Not the most important issue in the world, but another example of mis-information. Or maybe it was just assembled so quickly that the officers just got it wrong. But it is just as easy to get it right. It takes no more time, does it? And anyway does not our government, at its highest level, the Chief Minister’s department, check its facts?
I quote from my proposition to curb dishonesty in the States – or “misleading information”
Case study 9 – oral questions – time allowed in other jurisdictions
60. The Comments of the CoM to Deputy M. Tadier of St, Brelades’s proposition to increase the time for Oral Questions to unlimited included the following table:
Jurisdiction Time Restriction
United Kingdom Questions time – 1 hour
Prime Minister’s questions – 30 minutes
Northern Ireland 1.5 hours
Scotland General Question Time – 20 minutes
First Minister’s Question Time – 30 minutes
Themed Question Time– 40 minutes
Australia Normally 1 hour, although the Prime Minister will
terminate when s/he sees fit
Canada 45 minutes
New Zealand Twelve principal oral questions are asked, with
supplementary questions also given, but they must
relate to the initial subject matter
India 1 hour
Japan 45 minutes
Hong Kong No more than 20 questions
61. Deputy M. Tadier of St. Brelade checked some of these statements. In the UK time for questions is 4 hours a week, on a comparable basis we have one hour a week. In Australia the Prime Minister tried once, long ago, to guillotine Question Time and the ensuing row has ensured that no Prime Minister has ever terminated Question Time since, nor would they dare. The Canada figure of 45 minutes forgot to mention that it is every day, giving a total of 3 hours 45 minutes a week.
62. The point here is not whether these comparisons are relevant. The point is that in an official Comments from the CoM incorrect and / or misleading information was given out.