Sep 23, 2015 News Comments Off on PPP prepares questions for Finance Minister – GS
With just over two weeks remaining before the Eleventh Parliament comes out of recess, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has already begun preparing questions to be answered on the floor of the National Assembly.
Most of the questions are to be posed to Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan.
This was made known during PPP’s most recent press conference at Freedom House, Robb Street Georgetown, and hosted by PPP’s General Secretary, Clement Rohee.
Rohee was asked if there were any Bills in the pipeline which the PPP wishes to take to the House soon after it comes out of recess. He responded in the negative, but said that while no Bills are on the table for now, several questions are being crafted.
According to Rohee, most of the questions will be pertaining to financial and economic matters.
He said that many of the questions will focus on matters relating to the National Budget passed just a few days before the Parliament went into recess.
Rohee told the media that there may very well be questions pertaining to other issues but conveyed a message to the effect, that most of the PPP’s concerns surround the National Budget.
The House, just before going into recess, passed the amended Appropriation Bill which now authorizes the Coalition government to spend some $181.7B – exclusive of the statutory sum of about $39B.
Statutory money is not inspected or requires the approval of the House. This sum has first claim on monies in the Consolidated Fund. Statutory money includes the public debt and salaries for Judges and the Ombudsman. Any other money that does not fall into this category has to be appropriated for by the National Assembly.
The only amendment made to the Budget was to the format of arriving at the said total in the Appropriation Bill.
The PPP Opposition, in the Committee of Supply, grilled the government at length on most line items. Many of these questions were permitted by House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland, however, a significant number were put down because they did not relate to the line items.
Eventually, both sides reached an agreement that the monies allocated for each Constitutional entity would be passed with no questions asked.
These agencies included the Parliament Office, the Office of the Auditor General, Supreme Court, Office of the Ombudsman, Judicial Service Commission, Human Rights Commission and Guyana Elections Commission.
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