Warmington says CDF will not bend over backwards for tardy MPs
Chairman of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of Parliament, Everald Warmington, says his committee will not 'bend over backwards' to accommodate tardy MPs seeking approval for projects.
He was referring to MPs who may seek approval for constituency projects after next week's final sitting for this financial year.
He gave the warning this morning after Clarendon North Western representative, Richard Azan, queried whether the committee will consider meeting to approve projects from MPs after next week.
However, Warmington insisted that after next week, the committee will not meet until after the 2017/2018 financial year starts in April with a new budget.
Executive director of the CDF Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, Moveta Munroe, said not many MPs had money left over.
She suggested that a reminder be sent to MPs to submit their proposals by next week, but that was dismissed by Warmington.
Meanwhile, Azan requested a list of all MPs who have not submitted projects to cover the $20 million they were each allocated this fiscal year.
The issue of MPs failing to submit projects is a longstanding one.
Last June, Warmington agreed with a suggestion for tardy MPs to be punished by having unused funds set aside for them transferred to other constituencies with proactive elected representatives.