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Government to be questioned on Covid-19 crisis contracts

Virtual session: MPs continue to meet remotely as the House of Assembly resumes (File photograph)

The Government will be “held to account for its most recent activities” in the battle against the coronavirus as emergency health regulations go before MPs to be extended today in the House of Assembly.

A string of Covid-19 regulations are scheduled to be tabled and debated.

Opposition whip Jarion Richardson said the debate over introducing cannabis as a licensed business would likely dominate today’s sitting of the House, but Kim Wilson, the health minister, will also be asked for responses to Opposition questions on contracts related to Covid-19, and whether they were sole sourced or publicly tendered.

David Burt, the Premier, has been asked to respond to Opposition questions on advisers and consultants taken on by specific ministries.

Mr Burt has also been asked to give details on anyone hired or remaining as personal staff since the General Election last October 1.

MPs, who were last in Parliament on December 11, are continuing to hold virtual sessions.

Ms Wilson will also speak on the introduction of a drug formulary for Bermuda, which featured in the Throne Speech last November. Legislation on car licensing and auxiliary bikes will be tabled.

Today’s meeting comes one week before the unveiling of the 2021-22 Budget next Friday.

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Published February 19, 2021 at 8:41 am (Updated February 19, 2021 at 8:41 am)

Government to be questioned on Covid-19 crisis contracts

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