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PARLIAMENT: Paulwell's pleas fall on deaf ears, MPs late again

Published:Tuesday | July 2, 2013 | 3:31 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Despite an appeal from Leader of Government Business, Phillip Paulwell for Members of Parliament to be early for sittings, fewer than 20 members turned up early for today's sitting of the House of Representatives.

When House Speaker Michael Peart walked into the chamber for the start of the people's business, which was being convened 15 minutes late, only 16 other members were present in the House.

Last week, Paulwell urged MPs to be punctual for the 2 p.m. start of the House.

At least 16 members must be in the House for it to be convened.

The members early for today's sitting were: Andrew Wheatley, Everald Warmington, Ed Bartlett, Roger Clarke, Delroy Chuck, Andre Hylton, Ian Hayles, Fitz Jackson, Luther Buchanan, Morais Guy, Paulwell, Julian Robinson, Wykeham McNeill, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, Lloyd B Smith and Damion Crawford.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is on government business, attending the CARICOM heads of government conference.


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