Monday, Jul 15, 2019

Parliamentary update

Parliamentary update
06 Feb

The adoption of the report of the standing orders committee will usher in monumental change in the governance of Barbados.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley says the time restrictions placed on the current standing orders often leave much of the Barbadian public in the dark.

She believes there must be greater discussion about the expenditure in the heads.

Prime Minister Mottley stressed the time has come that ministers, permanent secretaries and technical officers must all be accountable for their budgetary requests.

Minister of Energy and Water Resources, Wilfred Abrahams says both the budget and estimates debates have no relevance to most Barbadians.

Speaking in support of the amendment to the standing orders, he said believes the public hears a lot of political speech which leaves them no wiser about what use is made of the public purse.

He believes ministers must no longer be allowed to request funding without a thorough discourse and examination.

Government is also moving to increase the number of judges.

Attorney General Dale Marshall says they are seeking to increase the number from eight to 13.

This was revealed as he led off debate on the Second Reading of the Supreme Court of Judicature Amendment Bill 2019.

The AG says the legislation that will go a long way in transforming what he termed the dismal state of the delivery of justice.

Mr Marshall notes however that inefficiencies in the judicial system are not caused entirely by failings of judges.

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