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Land loss commission report to be tabled in House by Premier

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Long day: House of Assembly (File photograph)

A report into alleged historic land grabs and a revised Budget statement will dominate the House of Assembly’s final session of the year today.

It is understood that the Commission of Inquiry, which held its last hearings in May, completed the report by Cup Match.

The document examining historic claims of loss of land – expected to be some 500 pages long, double that if appendices are included – was edited and given to David Burt, the Premier, this week.

It is understood the Premier wanted to table the report before the end of the year and tomorrow’s session is the last until next February.

The commission, headed by retired Puisne Judge Norma Wade-Miller, investigated allegations of property theft at a series of public hearings.

The terms of the inquiry said it wanted to hear about “historic losses of citizens' property in Bermuda through theft of property, dispossession of property, adverse possession claims and/or such other unlawful or irregular means by which land was lost in Bermuda”.

Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister, will also present a statement on a “revised Budget” for the 2021-22 financial year.

MPs will get an update on electric buses, and Jason Hayward, the labour minister, will deliver a statement on “immigration reform and process improvements”.

Curtis Dickinson, the Minister of Finance (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Government Bills going before the House include the Investment Business Amendment Act, the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Act, and the Motor Car Insurance (Third-Party Risks) and Public Carriage Amendment Act.

The Opposition will present its Equality Act.

Other matters to be covered will include the Tourism Investment (The Loren at Pink Beach) Order and the Public Health (Covid-19) Emergency Extension (No. 7) Order.

Bills scheduled for a second reading will be the Insurance Amendment Act, the “Companies Amendment and Validation Act, the “Bermuda Monetary Authority Amendment (No. 2) Act, and the Customs Tariff Amendment (No. 2) Act.

MPs are also expected to deliver their Christmas greetings and reflect on the year.

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Published December 10, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated December 10, 2021 at 7:56 am)

Land loss commission report to be tabled in House by Premier

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