Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Frank Walker OBE to the Inquiry providing an account of his experiences as a politician in Jersey from 1990 to 2008, particularly with regard to his time spent as Chief Minister of the States of Jersey from 2005 to 2008. [Some details redacted].

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January 6th 2016 - January 6th 2016

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Provides background information including an overview of his career at and involvement with the Jersey Evening Post. Also includes an overview of his political career, referring to his election as Deputy of St Helier No 3 District in December 1990 and re-election in 1993, election as Senator in 1996 and re-election in 2002 and reference to holding numerous Committee presidencies. Refers to the introduction of the Ministerial system of government in 2005 and his election as the first Chief Minister of Jersey, defeating Senator [Stuart] Syvret. Includes comments about Ministerial Government and the Council of Ministers and remarks about his working relationship with Bill Ogley, Chief Officer of the Policy and Resources Committee and later Chief Executive of the States. Includes comments about the political approach to Children's Services and describes emerging concerns with Children's Services and with Stuart Syvret. Responds the claims by former Deputy Bob Hill that the States of Jersey operated with a climate of fear and culture of cover-up and includes comments about a report by Andrew Williamson. Comments on the dismissal of Stuart Syvret as Minister for Health and Social Services, including a description of the circumstances surrounding Stuart Syvret's dismissal. Describes the initial response to Operation Rectangle, setting out details of four principal statements of intent made by him. Includes comments about the police budget allocated for the Operation, responding to remarks about there having been a blank cheque and comments about the statement of intent about no stone being left unturned. Includes comments about a live interview with Jeremy Paxman, Stuart Syvret and Esther Rantzen on BBC Newsnight on 25 February 2008. Describes continuing issues with Stuart Syvret and sets out grounds on which there was catalyst for concerns regarding Operation Rectangle. Refers to consideration of report concerning the establishment of a Committee of Inquiry in March 2008. Describes growing concerns with Lenny Harper and Graham Power and includes comments about the issue of political interference in Operation Rectangle. Comments on Wendy Kinnard's withdrawal from Operation Rectangle and transfer of political oversight of Operation Rectangle to Andrew Lewis. Refers to the appointment of David Warcup and Mick Gradwell and the resignation of the Home Affairs Minister in October 2008, including comments about theories surrounding Senator Kinnard's resignation. Comments on the suspension of Graham Power, commenting the Metropolitan Police interim report dated 10 November 2008 and a letter from David Warcup to Bill Ogley dated 10 November 2008. Describes preparation for the suspension meeting and effecting Graham Power's suspension on 12 November 2008, refering to a press briefing conducted by the States of Jersey Police on 12 November 2008. Comments on theories surrounding Graham Power's suspension, remarks about the timing of the decision to suspend Graham Power and comments about the motivation for suspension. Describes the aftermath of Graham Power's suspension, including comments about the Wiltshire Police Report. Describes his retirement from politics in December 2008 and events since, referring to membership on a number of company boards and recognition in the 2011 New Year's Honours list. Finishes with closing comments and recommendations to the Inquiry.


Bailhache, William
Baker, André
Baudains, Marnie
Bull, Kathie, Dr
Crich, Ian
Fossey, Alison
Gorst, Ian, Deputy
Gradwell, Mick
Grime, Martin
Harper, Lenny
Hill, Bob, Deputy
Key, Bob, Dean of Jersey
Kinnard, Wendy, Senator
Laming, Lord William Herbert
Le Cocq, Timothy
Le Feuvre, Iris
Le Marquand, Ian, Senator
Le Sueur, Terry, Senator
Lewis, Andrew, Deputy
Lundy, Mario
Martin, Judy, Deputy
McCann, Madeleine
Napier, Brian, QC
Ogley, Bill
Paxman, Jeremy
Perchard, Jim, Senator
Pitman, Trevor
Pollard, Mike
Power, Graham
Rantzen, Esther
Reed, James, Deputy
Routier, Paul, Senator
Scott-Warren, Celia, Deputy
Shenton, Ben, Senator
Syvret, Stuart, Senator
Tapp, Matt
Thoburn, June
Vibert, Mike, Senator
Walker, Frank
Warcup, David
Williamson, Andrew
Andium Homes
Association of Chief Police Officers
Attorney General
BBC Radio Jersey
BBC Trust
BDO Alto Limited
British Broadcasting Corporation
Children's Services
Corporate Management Board
Council of Ministers
Dean of Jersey
Education Sport and Culture
European Union
Family Protection Unit
Finance and Economics Committee
Gouray Church
Greenfields Centre
Guernsey Evening Press
Guiton Group
Haut de la Garenne
Health and Social Services
Health and Social Services Committee
Heathfield Children's Home
Home Affairs
Howard League for Penal Reform
Human Resources Department
Jersey Child Protection Committee
Jersey Choice Limited
Jersey Evening Post
Jersey General Hospital
Jersey Post Office
Law Officers' Department
Les Chênes School
London Stock Exchange
Metropolitan Police Service
Operation Rectangle
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Policy and Resources Committee
Ports of Jersey
Sanctuary Trust
Solicitor General
St Martin's Public Hall
States Employment Board
States of Jersey
States of Jersey Police
W E Guiton (Printing)
Wiltshire Police
Wolverhampton Express and Star


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