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National Security Minister to address Parliament today

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 12:46 PM
Peter Bunting - File

National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, is expected to make a statement this afternoon when the House of Representatives sit.



The House meets a two o’clock.



It is not clear what the statement will be about.



Bunting is on a high after recording a 16 per cent dip in major crimes for 2014 when compared to 2013.



Meanwhile, a media release from the Parliament says a debate on bills to replace the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as Jamaica’s final appellate court will be closed today.



Last week, the Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell, said the debate, which started last November, will end this week.



The Opposition has been against the bills, saying the matter should be put to Jamaicans in a referendum.



However, the government has resisted, saying the judiciary should not be subjected to politics.



The bills will require two-thirds support in both Houses of Parliament.



The Government has a solid two-thirds membership in the House of Representatives, but would need to swing at least one opposition member to ensure passage in the Senate.



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