Opposition member unhappy with Phillips
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor – Radio
A member of the Opposition yesterday raised concern about the manner in which the debate on the Revenue Administration Act was suspended in the House of Representatives.
The bill, which seeks to expand the power of tax authorities, was brought to the House in May.
It was withdrawn and then retabled last week.
When it was brought back to the House yesterday, debate on the bill was suspended following concerns by opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw, who said more time was needed for the document to be thoroughly reviewed by a Parliamentary Committee.
The Finance Minister Dr Peter Philips objected to that recommendation and moved that the debate be suspended until next week.
However, Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Works and Infrastructure Development, Karl Samuda, was not pleased with the statements and the tone in which they were made by the Finance Minister.
He said it would have been more appropriate for the finance minister to put the matter to a parliamentary committee for discussion.
Opposition parliamentarian Edmund Bartlett, also injected saying the matter could have been referred to the tax committee.
However, the finance minister refused noting that the situation doesn’t allow for a lengthy delay.
The bill is another requirement under the International Monetary Fund programme.
The debate will resume next Tuesday.
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