KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, May 16, IWN – Opposition lawmakers are scheduled to ask the Government about the fiscal out turn during Q1, wind study at the Argyle international airport, the financials status of two state companies and other national and constituency matters when Parliament meets today — Thursday.
Opposition lawmakers have presented 19 questions for oral answers, eight fewer than they are allotted.
According to the Order Paper, there are no questions to be asked by Member of Parliament for West Kingstown, Daniel Cummings, nor Sen. Vynnette Frederick, who is embroiled in a legal battle, regarding accusations of swearing false oaths.
Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace will ask Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar, whether the Government’s programmes to rehabilitate 1,000 acres of bananas between April and yearend has started and the cost and source of funding for the programme.
Godwin Friday, MP for the Northern Grenadines, will ask Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves to indicate the highest and lowest wind speeds report at the international airport construction site at Argyle and to say whether analysis of at least five years of wind data will be completed, as intended, during the construction phase of the airport project, given the projected 2013 completion date.
Terrence Ollivierre, MP for the Southern Grenadines, will ask Minister of Health, Clayton Burgin, to say when a nurse will be assigned to Mayreau and when repair of the Mayreau Clinic will begin.
St. Clair Leacock, MP for Central Kingstown, will ask Prime Minister Gonsalves, to provide Parliament with the income statements, audited or unaudited, of the International Airport Development Company and National Properties Ltd. for the years 2012, 2011 and 2010. Leacock will also ask Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, to provide the companies’ balance sheets for the same period, the total amount of Government investments in both companies for the same period, and to provide a breakdown to date of Government’s contribution by way of grants, loans, equity, guarantees, etc.
The Central Kingstown representative will also ask Minister of Culture, Cecil McKie, to say whether the Government is still committed to a system of annual National Awards, and if so, what is the cause of the delay.
And, Sen. Linton Lewis will also ask the Tourism Minister whether steps are being made to reduce substantially the incidents of theft on board yachts that are moored within the nation’s waters and if so, what are the steps that are being taken.
Senator David Browne will present a Government motion on housing.
Fourteen bills are also down to receive their first reading.