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National security budget will not be disclosed to public – Montague

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:04 PM
National Security Minister Robert Montague says he will be taking a submission to Cabinet that seeks to remove printed details of the budget for his ministry from the national budget.

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The National Security Minister Robert Montague says the ministry will no longer be disclosing the national security budget to the public.

At a press conference this morning, while declaring that the Andrew Holness administration is preparing to make the largest budgetary allocation to the country's security apparatus, Montague revealed he has taken steps to keep this information out of the public.

He says he will be taking a submission to Cabinet that seeks to remove printed details of the budget for his ministry from the national budget.

Montague said this will be implemented as soon as Cabinet gives approval.

He explained this action was being taken because several countries and criminal organisations have been scouring the ministry's website for information.

Describing it as an intelligence gathering exercise, the national security minister said his ministry could be providing vital information to persons who wish to create mayhem.