From this week, public hearings held by Scrutiny Panels and the Public Accounts Committee will be broadcast live online
Scrutiny Panels and the Public Accounts Committee hold the Government to account for their decisions and actions on a number of areas like policy, new laws, expenditure and issues of public importance.
The webcasts will be accessible via a link on the States Assembly website. Users will be able to watch hearings live and the webcast of each hearing will then be available for a further 6 months.
The first hearings to be broadcast live will feature the Minister for Social Security who is being questioned by the Health & Social Security Scrutiny Panel at 2pm on Thursday 18th October; and the Chief Minister who will be questioned by the Future Hospital Scrutiny Review Panel at 12pm on Friday 19th October. Other public hearings held recently have been recorded as part of the final testing of the equipment; the webcasts of these hearings will also be published.
The decision to publish live online coverage of Scrutiny hearings was an objective of the States Greffe Business Plan 2018 and follows the successful introduction in 2016 of webcasting facilities in the States Chamber. Each meeting of the States Assembly is already available live online and the same will now happen for every Scrutiny public hearing held in the States Building.
Senator Kristina Moore, President of the Chairmen’s Committee, says:
“Scrutiny is the main way in which the States Assembly holds Government Ministers to account and Scrutiny does this on behalf of the public. One of the key principles underpinning that work is transparency; it is important that the public is able to follow Scrutiny’s work and it is therefore vital that we make that work as accessible as possible. Webcasting public hearings will help to achieve that. It will allow more people to follow the progress of Scrutiny Reviews and to witness the political decision-making process.”
Cameras were installed over the summer recess and preparatory work was undertaken by the States Greffe. The cost of webcasting public hearings will be approximately £15,700 per annum over a 3-year period.
Scrutiny Press Release.