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Vale Royal cordial

Published:Friday | February 1, 2008 | 3:41 PM

The Government and the Opposition have agreed to establish several bi-partisan committees to review and report on critical national issues.

The agreement was reached during the resumed Vale Royal talks on Wednesday.

The committees will look at crime, the parliamentary committees and the constituency development fund.

They will also examine issues related to constitutional reforms, the proposed national registration programme and energy policy.

In a joint statement, both the Government and the Opposition said the Vale Royal Talks were cordial.

The issue of campaign financing and the distribution of work and benefits in constituencies were also among the items discussed at the meeting.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding led the Government’s team, which comprised Deputy Prime Minister Dr Kenneth Baugh, Commerce Minister Karl Samuda and the National Security Minister, Derrick Smith.

The Finance Minister Audley Shaw and the Attorney General and Justice Minister, Dorothy Lightbourne were also part of the Government’s team.

Opposition Leader, Portia Simpson-Miller, led the Opposition contingent, which included spokesman on National Security Dr. Peter Phillips, spokesman on Investment, Peter Bunting, and the spokesman on Finance, Dr. Omar Davies.