“Is wha’ these people always talking so long long about in deh….dem just wasting time in deh.”
These are some of the sentiments usually expressed by passersby whenever there is a sitting of the National Assembly, a hallmark of which has become the ‘famous/infamous’ barricades usually erected around Public Buildings.
Some may have silently wondered while others have publicly questioned what could be the price tag, for facilitating these sometimes marathon sessions.
This past week the information was made public for all that would have cared to take a look, when Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, ruled on whether to hold a special Sitting of the National Assembly.
The request was from Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition Brigadier (ret.) David Granger who requested the sitting to facilitate matters pertaining to the Linden killings on July 18.
In that missive to Granger, and dated July, 20, 2012, Trotman informed that “The Clerk advises that the cost of convening the National Assembly is $1,712, 527.00 (one million seven hundred and twelve thousand, five hundred and twenty-seven dollars); which amount has to be requisitioned.”
As such, Trotman at the time had indicated to Granger, “In the circumstances, it is my considered opinion that the earliest that the logistical arrangements can be put in place for a sitting that is required in the public interest on a day earlier than that to which it stands adjourned, is Tuesday, July 24, or Wednesday, July 25, 2012.”
Wednesday, last, was eventually agreed upon and will be recorded as the Day the “No Confidence Motion” against Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee was moved.
The bulk of the Parliamentary Expenditure for each sitting can be traced to meals and refreshments which are catered for.
Other expenditure would also relate to utility and other logistical arrangements to facilitate the smooth sitting of the National Assembly.
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