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Unacceptable! Senate President wants answers to Montague's questions

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 1:24 PM
On July 17, 2015, Opposition Senator Robert Montague asked a set of questions about the establishment of parish committees to waive property taxes on the poor, disabled and pensioners.

The Clerk to the Houses of Parliament has been asked to extract answers from the local government ministry which should have been sent to the Senate since last August.

On July 17, 2015, Opposition Senator Robert Montague asked a set of questions about the establishment of parish committees to waive property taxes on the poor, disabled and pensioners.

Under Parliamentary rules, Sandrea Falconer, the defacto information minister, from whom the answers were sought, should have provided them after 21 days.

However, with no answers forthcoming,  Montague today brought the matter to the attention of Senate President Floyd Morris.

Falconer said that she has been attempting to get the, but her efforts have yielded no success.

However, Morris said that was unacceptable and instructed the Clerk, Heather Cooke to intervene and ensure that the answers are brought to parliament next week.

Following an increase in property taxes in 2013, the Local Government and Community Development was tasked to develop special committees in all 13 parish councils to examine application from persons seeking to take advantage of the special discretionary relief on property tax.

Among other things, Montague had sought to find out how many applications for relief had been made and the quantum of relief given.

He had also asked questions about how the respective parish councils were managing the matter.