Budget Day – Sept 8
By ANDRE BAGOO Wednesday, August 13 2014
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CITY CLEAN-UP: Imtiaz Ahamad, chief executive of Southern Sales Limited, right, hands over the keys for garbage trucks and other equipment purchased b...
THE BUDGET will be presented on September 8, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced in Parliament.
As the House of Representatives closed a marathon two-day debate on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2014, the Prime Minister said one reason for the timing of the debate on the reforms, was because of the hectic legislative agenda.
“Whilst the House continues to do its work, we must raise money for expenditure to service the motherland of Trinidad and Tobago,” Persad-Bissessar said.
Government Whip Dr Roodal Moonilal, in moving the adjournment to September 8, said the House would meet at about 1.30 pm for the Budget.
Before putting the adjournment question to the floor, Speaker Wade Mark also made an announcement concerning an ostensible dispute that had arisen in relation to the interpretation of the new Standing Orders, in particular the question of whether the House could meet during the vacation period to deal with the Constitution Reform bill. “I know there has been a lot of discussion on the matter that arose when we last met, and I think that for the record, it is important that I place on the record the following,” Mark said. “The House of Representatives is empowered by Section 56(1) of the Constitution to regulate its own procedure, and on August 4, 2014, the House agreed without the objection of any member, to the motion that it be adjourned to Monday, August 11, 2014. As such, pursuant to its own order, of which I am merely servant, this sitting has been convened.”