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Ian Hayles, Contractor General head back to court

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 9:57 AM

Lawyers representing the People's National Party's Member of Parliament for Western Hanover, Ian Hayles, and Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, are to return to the Supreme Court today.

Hayles is seeking to block the publication of the contractor general's report into allegations of conflict of interest, irregularities and/or impropriety in relation to the construction of buildings without the approval of the Hanover Parish Council.

The MP claims his constitutional rights would be abridged by the report, but maintains that his intention is not to prevent the public from seeing the report.

Hayles is also contending that the contractor general overstepped his authority in the methods used to gather material used to compile the report.

He has received a court injunction barring the report from being tabled in Parliament.

The Contractor General has defended his report.

Writing in The Sunday Gleaner yesterday former Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, said Hayles' challenge may be an attempt to have the court interfere in the proceedings of Parliament. 

Golding also said the court action raises serious questions noting that it should be carefully watched.