What the review covered
The Clothier Panel was appointed by the States to consider whether the machinery of government in Jersey was appropriate to the task of determining, co-ordinating, effecting and monitoring all States’ policies and the delivery of all public services; and to make recommendations to the Policy and Resources Committee on how the machinery of government could be improved.
Areas they considered included:
- the composition, operation and effectiveness of the States’ Assembly
- the composition, operation and effectiveness of the Committees of the States
- the role and respective responsibilities of the States, the Committees and Departments in achieving an efficient and effective strategic and business planning and resource allocation process
- the role of the Bailiff
- the transparency, accountability and democratic responsiveness of the States’ Assembly and Committees of the States
- whether the machinery of government was subject to checks and balances sufficient to safeguard the public good and the rights of individuals
- the constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the United Kingdom
- the constitutional relationship between the Bailiwick and the European Union
Members of the panel
The members of the panel were:
- Sir Cecil Clothier, K.C.B., Q.C., Chairman
- Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, K.C.B.
- Professor Michael Clarke, C.B.E., D.L.
- Mr. John Henwood, M.B.E.
- Dr. John Kelleher
- Mr. David Le Quesne
- Mrs. Anne Perchard
- Mr. Colin Powell, C.B.E
- Sir Maurice Shock
Following publication of the panel’s report in December 2000, a number of changes to Jersey’s machinery of government were proposed, which resulted in the current Ministerial system of government which is in operation today.