Category: House of Assembly

Private coaches and minibus already transporting school children, Lashley says

The private sector’s role in the provision of public transportation services is growing, as the state-run Transport Board faces mounting pressure to service commuters. In fact, Minister of Transport and Works Michael Lashley reported to the House of Assembly today that operators of private coaches were already involved in arrangements with some schools to move […]

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Merge them!

Minister of Education Ronald Jones believes the country’s public transportation system is too “unruly” and is suggesting the total integration of the public and privately-operated public transport providers under one umbrella. Speaking in House of Assembly today on a bill to supplement the 2017/2018 Estimates and provide $5 million to the Transport Board to pay […]

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Clarke warns NPC may be next to go

Member of Parliament for St George North Gline Clarke Friday warned that the sale of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) may still be on the cards. And in making his contribution to the debate on the NPC Amendment Bill in the Lower House Friday afternoon, Clarke suggested that the Freundel Stuart administration was merely fattening up yet […]

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Sutherland calls for a sustainable energy plan

Member of Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland has given the Ministry of Energy a failing grade for its oversight of the renewable energy sector. At the same time, he has called for a clear proposal to be presented by the Freundel Stuart administration on the proposed amalgamation of the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) […]

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Hot air!

Parliamentary representative for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds is challenging claims by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart that a rate hike would result in more communities having access to natural gas. Opening debate on the National Petroleum Corporation Amendment Bill in the House of Assembly Friday morning, Stuart expressed concern that the natural gas was only reaching […]

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Oh no, Mara!

The Leader of Opposition Business in the House of Assembly, Santia Bradshaw, Friday locked horns with the Deputy Speaker of the House, Mara Thompson, after the Member of Parliament for St John attacked the “childless” status of two female Opposition members of the House. The latest ugly episode came amid persistent threats by Minister for Social […]

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House passes Appropriation Bill

The House of Assembly Wednesday night approved spending of $1.8 billion for the next financial year beginning April 1. The Appropriation Bill 2017 providing “for the grant of a sum of money out of the Consolidated Fund and the appropriation of the same for the service of Barbados” was passed by 15 votes to 12, with […]

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Blame ‘Dem’ for sub-human living – Forde

Member of Parliament for St Thomas Cynthia Forde Tuesday charged that the Freundel Stuart Government was to blame for the sub-human conditions many Barbadians were living in. Speaking in the House of Assembly during debate on a resolution for the compulsory acquisition of land at Brighton, St George for the public purpose of housing, the Opposition […]

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Defeated

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Tuesday blocked a constitutional amendment that would have extended the retirement age of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Auditor General. Eleven BLP members in the House abstained when the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2016 was put to a vote. The Bill received the support of 17 parliamentarians, including former […]

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Stuart and Bradshaw clash over ‘hit for six’ comment

Cricket Tuesday virtually moved from Kensington Oval to Parliament when Opposition legislator Santia Bradshaw and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart clashed on who was being hit for six.    During her contribution to the debate on the Magistrate’s Courts Amendment Bill 2016, Bradshaw recalled that Stuart recently stated that he was hit for six when he was […]

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Discipline judges and lawyers – Hinkson

Opposition Member of Parliament Edmund Hinkson is recommending that attorneys be fined for court delays, and gratuities withheld from judges who retire without issuing decisions on cases which they heard. The Member of Parliament for St James North made these calls in the House of Assembly Tuesday during his contribution to the debate on the Magistrate’s […]

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Mottley ‘deeply troubled’

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley Tuesday suggested that Government’s move to abolish preliminary hearings as proposed under the Magistrate’s Court (Amendment) Bill 2016 may be a little too late, though she voiced support for the move. In her contribution to the debate on the legislation tabled by Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite aimed at improving the delivery of […]

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Small man faces abuse, says Marshall

Parliamentary representative for St Joseph, Dale Marshall, has expressed concern that post clearance audits being undertaken by the Customs Department can lead to abuse of the system. Marshall voiced this concern today in the House of Assembly while lending his support and that of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party to amendments to the Customs Act. […]

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More power

The amendments to the Customs Act will give the Comptroller of Customs a very clear and properly demarcated provision within the existing legislation to undertake post clearance audits. Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Chris Sinckler made this announcement today in the House of Assembly while introducing amendments to the Customs Act. Sinckler said that […]

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Opposition: Take a stand on Estwick plan

The controversial David Estwick economic alternative plan, designed to restore growth and stability to Barbados, came up for debate in the House of Assembly yesterday with the leader of business for the Opposition, Kerrie Symmonds, accusing Government of remaining mute on the matter. Minister of Education Ronald Jones rose to Symmonds’ challenge, informing Parliament that there […]

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Mia’s Billion-Dollar Problem

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has been given a sobriquet –– The Billion-Dollar Problem. Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley gave Sinckler that nickname today while speaking in the House of Assembly on a no confidence motion against him, which was later defeated 15 to 14. “A $600-million stimulus in March, and you top it […]

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Nearly 5,000 sign petition

While it was expected that there would have been a sea of red in Queen’s Park on Sunday evening, Barbadians from all echelons of society turned up in their numbers to either show their support of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) petition to Government for the removal of Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler from that […]

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