PAAC members explain their absenteeism
Richard Mitchell, Staff Reporter
With some of their colleagues expressing disgust at the poor attendance record to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), those who have attended fewer than 60 per cent of the 13 meetings held last year were asked to explain their level of absenteeism. The following are their explanations:
Member Absent Reasons
Dr Winston Green
"My name should not be on the list. I sent my resignation letter in last year."
Dr Dayton Campbell
"I have been otherwise engaged with government business, in meetings or in my constituency dealing with matters."
Dr Horace Chang
"There is no specific reason why I'm not in attendance. I try to make it each time. If I'm not able to attend, that means I'm otherwise busy."
"As a minister, MP and member of two committees, it's very difficult to attend all PAAC meetings. I do, however, try to send apologies when I cannot attend."
Dr Andrew Wheatley
"Each time I am not present, I send my apologies. There are times I could not attend because of emergencies in my constituency."
"I think I have a good attendance record. I am a farmer, so whenever I am not present, it's probably because I am reaping."
"I'm either travelling on government business or I'm in my constituency doing work. I am in the constituency everyday dealing with various things such as crime, acts of violence and fires."
"I think my attendance is better than most. Chick-V had me out for two sittings, and three times last year I was away on government business.
"I can account for each time I was not able to attend. On each of these occasions, I am doing work. I take the PAAC very seriously."
Committee Chairman Edmund Bartlett, Lloyd B. Smith, Fitz Jackson, Richard Parchment, Mikeal Phillips, Audley Shaw, Lester Michael Henry, Marisa Dalrymple Philibert have attended more than 60 per cent of the meetings.