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Sneaking a call: Parliamentarians blasted for taking calls during sittings

Published:Tuesday | January 20, 2015 | 2:01 PM

Livern Barret, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Peart today chastised Parliamentarians who take calls or allow their phones to ring while they are in the chamber.




Noting that there is an agreement to allow lawmakers to use their phones to send text messages, Peart said some members have been abusing this privilege.



As an example, he said he has noticed instances where legislators stop in the middle of their presentations to turn off their cell phones.



"I also see some members turn their backs to me and hide under the table (and talk on their phone). A not calling any names," Peart said during a meeting of the standing order committee of Parliament now underway at Gordon House.



Leader of Government business in the House, Phillip Paulwell agreed, calling it "disrespectful to the Speaker."



"In my presentation I will make that clear," Paulwell promised.



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