Jamaica Environment Trust to get green light to appear before Appropriations Committee
The way has been cleared for the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) to appear before Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) to discuss the Goat Islands development.
The clerk of the Houses of Parliament, Heather Cooke, has reportedly indicated that such a move would be in order.
This was disclosed at yesterday’s sitting of the PAAC by chairman, Edmund Bartlett.
Bartlett told members that the clerk has indicated that the House is the people’s Parliament and it would not be out of order to allow any organisation to represent itself before the committee.
JET wrote to the PAAC chairman last month asking to be allowed to make a presentation to the committee, urgently.
In its letter, the environmental lobby group said it has repeatedly called for public consultation and requested specific information from government agencies about the development without success.
Government members of the committee had questioned whether JET should be allowed to appear before the committee in light of the fact that there has been minimal, if any, public expenditure on the project.
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