Tue | May 23, 2017

Government not ready to begin debate on CCJ bills - Nicholson

Published:Monday | June 15, 2015 | 6:07 PM
Senator A.J. Nicholson says no timeline has been set as to when the bills will be debated in the Upper House.

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator A.J. Nicholson, says the government is not ready to begin the debate on the three bills to replace the United Kingdom-based Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Senator Nicholson says no timeline has been set as to when the bills will be debated in the Upper House.

The bills were tabled in the Senate on May 22 and have had their second reading.

They are are now awaiting debate and a vote of all members of the Senate.

The leader of government business in the Upper House would not go into details for the delay.

However, our news centre understands that one of the factors behind the delay was the unavailability of some members of the Upper House who had government business to take care of. 

For the laws to be passed in the Senate it requires a two-third majority.

That means all 13 government senators would have to vote in favour of the bills and get the support of at least one opposition member.

The CCJ bills have already received the approval of the Lower House, where members voted along party lines in a vote of 41-21.