Scrutiny slams vote on prison board
They wanted independent members of the public represented on the Prison Board of Visitors, currently made up of Jurats.
The proposition was debated on 13 July with the vote ending in a stalemate - 19 for, 19 against, which means the status quo remains.
The Home Affairs Minister, who had expressed support for the proposition subject to certain additional considerations, was amongst those who voted against.
Whilst they did not want Jurats excluded from the board, they wanted to cap their representation to three out of the seven members of the board.
The two main reasons for allowing lay-people in they suggested, were "inclusion" and "best practice".
Inclusion would be in the sense that it would open up the role to members of the wider community, which would also serve to widen representation - and best practice in that there is growing pressure for a "clear separation of powers".
The view of the Scrutiny Panel is that Jurats, who at the moment are members of the Judiciary whilst also serving in non-judicial capacities, may be faced with actual or apparent conflicts of interest in doing so.