‘Inappropriate’ to give FTP savings details before debate
Monday 14th January 2013, 1:00PM GMT.
CHIEF MINISTER Peter Harwood has said it would be ‘inappropriate’ to release more details on the States-wide efficiency drive before it is debated.
Deputy Harwood, pictured, said it would only be when Assembly gives its endorsement to the Financial Transformation Programme that the time would be right to look at the individual savings programmes from each department.
The States will be asked later this month to back the approach being taken during a debate on the FTP.
‘It must be remembered that the next phase of specific projects remain a matter within the mandates of individual departments at this stage, and it would therefore be inappropriate for these to be debated in the January States meeting,’ he said.
‘I do understand the frustration of some of my States colleagues, but only when the States give its endorsement to the overall programme will the time be right to look at the detail of the next phase.’