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Parliament’s Economy and Production Committee dormancy frustrates Gov’t MP

Published:Friday | July 19, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson is again expressing frustration that the work of the important Economy and Production Committee of Parliament continues to be impeded due to the absence of leadership.

The Government MP told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that the uncertainty in leadership coupled with infrequent meetings since the change of administrations in 2012 is affecting the work of the committee.

The Opposition is responsible for the appointment of a chairman to the committee.

Jackson first raised the matter in Parliament last October after which Opposition MP Gregory Mair was appointed chairman to replace Everald Warmington, who refused to lead the committee saying he was never consulted about his availability for the job.

However, according to Jackson, Mair is no longer available and the matter needs to be urgently addressed.

Leader of Opposition Business, Delroy Chuck told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre yesterday that Mair is currently off the island and he will hold discussions with him when he returns.

House Speaker Michael Peart has instructed leaders from both sides of the House to resolve the issue before the next sitting of Parliament.

The Economy and Production Committee is charged with the responsibility of examining proposed laws and policy documents and statements from ministers and government agencies on the economy.


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