Guernsey operates a system of government by committees and consensus. There are no political parties - members of the parliament, which is known as the States of Deliberation, are elected as independents. The States of Deliberation is both parliament and executive, but it delegates some of its executive functions to policy-specific committees, which are known as States Departments, each of which are run by five political members, all of whom have equal voting power.
Despite having explicitly rejected a proposal to adopt an executive/ministerial system of government in 2002, the heads of each department are known as ministers. They are in effect presidents or chairmen of their committees.
The Policy Council consists of the ministers/presidents of each of the ten departments plus the chief minister, who chairs Policy Council and speaks for the island externally in political matters. The Policy Council's main functions are policy co-ordination and responsibility for external relations. The chief minister and all department heads are elected by all members of the States of Deliberation. There also exists the post of Deputy Chief Minister, which is held by one of the department heads and is also elected by all members of the States of Deliberation.
Policy Council (May 2004 â" March 2007)
Policy Council (March 2007 â" May 2008)
Policy Council (May 2008 â" May 2012)
Policy Council (May 2012 â" March 2014)
Policy Council (March 2014 â" )
- Council of Ministers of the Isle of Man
- Council of Ministers of Jersey