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Bill to establish single anti-corruption agency won't be tabled this year

Published: Saturday | December 21, 2013 Comments 0
Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding
Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding

Correction & Clarification

In a story published on A3 of The Gleaner dated December 21, 2013, under the headline ‘Bill to establish single anti-corruption agency won’t be tabled this year’, it was stated that the bill would miss its proposed December deadline. However, the proposed deadline was in fact the end of the legislative year, which is March 2014.

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Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

THE GOVERNMENT has missed its proposed deadline of December 2013 for the tabling of legislation in Parliament to establish a single anti-corruption agency, but Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding says the bill will be tabled early in the new year.

Golding told Senators yesterday that the Integrity Commission bill to establish the single anti-corruption agency, the disabilities bill, the occupation safety and health bill, a new road traffic bill, and the DNA bill would be brought to Parliament next year.

The single anti-corruption agency was first proposed by former contractor general, Greg Christie.

He wanted the agency to be vested with the exclusive mandate to criminally investigate and prosecute all corruption and related criminal offences.

It is anticipated that the current commissions of Parliament that will comprise the single anti-corruption agency are the Corruption Prevention Commission, the Integrity Commission, and the Office of the Contractor General.

Commenting on the achievements of the Senate during 2013, Golding said the Upper House passed 40 bills, nearly twice the average number passed each year for the last four years.

He said two other important pieces of legislation to be passed next year are the anti-gang bill, now before a joint select committee, and the bankruptcy and insolvency bill now before Parliament.

Golding said about 10 of the bills passed were structural benchmarks under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, "while three-quarters had nothing to do with the IMF".

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