PAAC to consider Estimates today

Published: Wednesday | February 6, 2013 Comments 0

THE FIRST Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure which was tabled in Parliament yesterday will today be considered by Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC).

Members of the PAAC, an expenditure oversight committee, will comb through the voluminous document over two days, carefully scrutinising the nearly $10-billion cut in spending from the $612.4-billion Budget last year.

At the end of its examination of the estimates of expenditure, the PAAC will submit a report to the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives.

Next Tuesday the Standing Finance Committee will meet at 11 a.m. to deliberate on the PAAC report after which the House of Representatives will debate the estimates of expenditure on the same day.

Meanwhile, House Leader Phillip Paulwell called for the sitting to be adjourned less than one hour after lawmakers started the nation's business.

He told the legislature that the House was being adjourned early to give members of the PAAC sufficient time to go through the estimates in preparation for today's deliberations.

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