No decision on change for House sittings


The Premier said yesterday that no decision had been made to change House of Assembly sittings to every two weeks.

David Burt said that he had decided to have the House sit on just two Fridays in June instead of the normal sessions every Friday.

He added: “I think it’s something that somehow a very big deal has been made about.”

But he added: “This is not the first time the House has missed Friday sittings, and I can assure you that it will not be the last.

“I can put it down to efficiency. The fact is that we can get the same amount of business done sitting one day as we can two.

“I think that my move is supported by the Opposition and also the Speaker of the House.”

Mr Burt said that over the past 23 months people had seen that “this government has operated differently”.

He added: “I don’t actually believe in the mantra that just because things were being done in a certain way, they should continue to do things in that particular same way.”

He said that a “whole lot of work and energy” went into every sitting of the House.

Mr Burt added: “There is actually expense. He said that legislation was “the only reason you actually have to go to the House of Assembly — if you’re going to change legislation”.

Mr Burt added that policy changes, “the actual work of the Government on a day-to-day basis”, does not need to be done in the House. He said that he expected that the House would meet every Friday in July.

Mr Burt added that he would be absent from next week’s session, because he would be at a Caricom meeting in St Lucia.

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Published Jun 29, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jun 29, 2019 at 6:42 am)

No decision on change for House sittings

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