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Budget Debate starts April 8

Published:Monday | March 8, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Sir Patrick, the governor general, will deliver his second Throne Speech on March 25. - File

THE ceremonial opening of Parliament has been set for March 25, beginning at 11 a.m.

On that day, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen will deliver the Throne Speech, in which he will outline the Government's pro-grammes and policies for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins on April 1.

Later in the afternoon, Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw will table the 2010-2011 Estimates of Expenditure in the House of Representatives.

The estimates will provide details on how the programmes will be funded and what the various ministries and agencies will receive for recurrent (house-keeping) and capital (development) expenses.

The Standing Finance Committee of the House will meet to consider the estimates from March 30 to April 1.

On April 8, the finance minister will open the 2010-2011 Budget Debate, which will last until April 21. During the debate, select members of the Government and the Opposition will make presentations.

Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Dr Omar Davies, is expected to make his presentation on April 13, while presentations will be made by a government minister and an opposition spokesman on April 14.

On April 15, Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller is scheduled to make her contribution to the debate.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding is slated to deliver his speech on April 20. The finance minister will close the debate on April 21.

When the Budget Debate is completed, other members of the House of Representatives will make their presentations in the Sectoral Debate which follows.