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3rd Session of the 11th Republican Parliament

Establish JSC - Legislative Formula for Parliamentary Autonomy

WHEREAS financial and administrative autonomy of Parliament is an undisputed benchmark of a true democracy;

AND WHEREAS a legislative proposal entitled the Houses of Parliament Service Authority Bill, 2014 was laid in Parliament and referred to a Joint Select Committee in 2014;

AND WHEREAS the Joint Select Committee agreed that parliamentary autonomy is essential to the recalibration of the existing relationship between the Executive and the Legislature;

AND WHEREAS the Government, in adopting the 2015 Manifesto of the People?s National Movement as its official policy framework, confirmed its commitment to the principles of parliamentary autonomy;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate call on the Government to introduce legislation by April 30, 2018 to give effect to parliamentary autonomy and that this legislation be immediately referred to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament for early consideration and report.

(By Senator Wade Mark)

First Debated: 06-Mar-2018
Speakers in the:
06-Mar-2018 Senate Debate - Day 1 | Hansard PDF icon (607.0 kb)
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus [Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development]
Sen. David Small [Independent Senator]
Sen. Khadijah Ameen [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Daniel Dookie [Government Senator]
Sen. Anita Haynes [Opposition Senator]