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MPs set to discuss overspends today

Government is today expected to seek approval on overspendings on the hospital, health insurance, pensions and interest on debt throughout 2010-11.

The Supplementary Estimate for the fiscal year is a key item on the agenda for today's House of Assembly sitting as MPs' Budget debate nears its conclusion.

MPs will discuss how the Finance Ministry overspent by $22.70 million, including $4.74 million on Social Insurance, as a result of pensions and medical benefits of war veterans; and $17.9 million on debt interest.

In the Health Ministry, $15 million was overspent on King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, and a further $2.25 million more than expected went on health insurance.

For much of the afternoon, attention will be focused on sweeping cuts within the Ministry of Youth, Families, Sports and Community Development.

Minister Glenn Blakeney has pledged the integrity of his programmes will not be compromised, but the Opposition parties are expected to criticise cuts in areas such as the Mirrors programme and child day care.

Also today, the Transport Ministry's eight percent budget reduction will be up for debate; Minister Terry Lister has said big savings are planned in expenses in the coming fiscal year.

One non-Budget related piece of legislation is expected to be debated: the Bermuda Housing Amendment Bill, which means landlords responsible for sub-standard temporary housing could be fined up to $15,000.

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Published March 11, 2011 at 9:00 am (Updated March 11, 2011 at 8:59 am)

MPs set to discuss overspends today

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