At the start of a States Assembly, the roll call is completed, at which time a Member may be declared ‘absent de l’Île’ if out of the Island on States business, ‘excused’ if they have a valid reason for absence (such as a hospital appointment), ‘malade’ if ill and another Member swears that attending the Assembly would exacerbate their ill health, or declared ‘en défaut’ (in default) by the Bailiff if they are not present and do not have a valid reason.
I've been looking back over the period from 2015 - the year after the autumn elections of 2014, past 2016 and 2017 to the end of January 2018. There were around 559 votes on propositions and amendments in that period.
It is important to note that a proposition may have a number of amendments, which are voted on separately and most often have speeches in favour and against. The figure of 559 includes both propositions and amendments.
En default in these statistics is given to propositions as well as roll call. The raw data does not in fact contain the roll call but only the votes, so it is possible for someone to be late - en default - but get in before voting takes place, in which usually a request is made and granted for the default to be lifted.
Not present for vote is precisely that. It does not include excused, out of island on State's business, or sickness - which are other reasons for not being in the Chamber. It means that when the vote was taken, the member was not there.
There may well be reasons for not being present, and I'll gladly detail them in a future blog if anyone gets in touch with me. My sole concern is to present the data, and to glean explanations. It is up to those in the high numbers to contact me. I am happy to put explanations up without comment or spin.
On a personal level, there are some people who I admire and would and will vote for who seem to have a depressingly high level of absenteeism, while some I would not vote for have a very low level.
Absenteeism is not the only story to be told: how much members took the COM line is something I will return to when I have more time and that will be the subject of a future blog.
As a vote is counted as "en default" in the absence of a member not present at roll call, "not present" has been combined to give a joint absentee record. The percentage is the percent of the total column divided by 559.
|Not Present for Vote||Not Pres.||En Default||Total||Percent|
|Philip Francis Cyril Ozouf||135||13||148||26.48%|
|Alan Simon Crowcroft||123||14||137||24.51%|
|Sir Philip Martin Bailhache||74||52||126||22.54%|
|Geoffrey Peter Southern||117||6||123||22.00%|
|Alan John Henry Maclean||102||16||118||21.11%|
|Sadie Anthea Le Sueur-Rennard||55||55||110||19.68%|
|Andrew David Lewis||101||8||109||19.50%|
|Stephen William Pallett||105||2||107||19.14%|
|Lyndon John Farnham||96||96||17.17%|
|Scott Michael Wickenden||78||17||95||16.99%|
|John Martin Refault||81||13||94||16.82%|
|Edward James Noel||84||8||92||16.46%|
|Michael Roderick Higgins||86||4||90||16.10%|
|Louise Mary Catherine Doublet||86||86||15.38%|
|Deidre Wendy Mezbourian||55||30||85||15.21%|
|Stephen George Luce||68||8||76||13.60%|
|Richard John Renouf||73||73||13.06%|
|Roderick Gordon Bryans||70||3||73||13.06%|
|John Alexander Nicholas Le Fondre||67||67||11.99%|
|Zoe Ann Cameron||51||14||65||11.63%|
|Carolyn Fiona Labey||47||14||61||10.91%|
|Judith Ann Martin||13||48||61||10.91%|
|Susan Jane Pinel||49||9||58||10.38%|
|Kristina Louise Moore||25||30||55||9.84%|
|Paul Francis Routier M.B.E.||39||15||54||9.66%|
|Kevin Charles Lewis||53||53||9.48%|
|Anne Enid Pryke||46||5||51||9.12%|
|Peter Derek McLinton||51||51||9.12%|
|Christopher Hugh Taylor||50||50||8.94%|
|Philip Bond Le Sueur||43||5||48||8.59%|
|Michael John Paddock||43||4||47||8.41%|
|Murray Julian Norton||46||1||47||8.41%|
|Ian Joseph Gorst||45||45||8.05%|
|Jacqueline Ann Hilton||44||44||7.87%|
|Sarah Craig Ferguson||38||1||39||6.98%|
|John Edward Le Maistre||38||38||6.80%|
|Samuel Yves Mezec||33||33||5.90%|
|Simon Muir Bree||24||8||32||5.72%|
|Tracey Anne Vallois||29||29||5.19%|
|Andrew Kenneth Francis Green M.B.E.||23||23||4.11%|
|Richard John Rondel||15||15||2.68%|
|Terence Alexander McDonald||7||7||1.25%|
|Robert David Johnson||6||6||1.07%|
|Jeremy Martin Macon||4||4||0.72%|
|Graham John Truscott||1||1||0.18%|
|Michel Philip Sydney Le Troquer||1||1||0.18%|