Weds. 29th Dec., 2010

No. 1 First Session Ninth ParliamentWednesday 29th December, 2010Prayers Proclamation Election of Speaker Election of Deputy Speaker Oath/Affirmation Speech from the Throne Obituary/Congratulatory Remark AdjournmentSAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES (HANSARD) ADVANCE COPY OFFICIAL REPORT CONTENTS 29th December, 20101THE PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES OFFICIAL REPORTPROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE FIRST MEETING, FIRST SESSION OF THE EIGHTH PARLIAMENT OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES CONSTITUTED AS SET OUT IN SCHEDULE 2 TO THE SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ORDER, 1979.FIRST SITTING29TH DECEMBER, 2010Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning, National Security, Grenadines and Legal Affairs Dr. the Honourable Ralph GonsalvesAttorney General Honourable Judith Jones-MorganDeputy Prime Minister/Minister of Education Honourable Girlyn MiguelMinister of Housing, Informal Human Settlements Physical Planning Lands & Survey Honourable Clayton BurginMinister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Honourable Montgomery DanielMember for Central WindwardMember for MarriaquaMember for East St. GeorgeMember for North WindwardHOUSE OF ASSEMBLYThe Honourable House of Assembly met at 4:00 a.m. in the Assembly Chamber, Court House, Kingstown.PRAYERSMR. SPEAKER IN THE CHAIRHonourable Hendrick AlexanderPresent MEMBERS OF CABINET2Minister of Tourism & Industry Honourable Saboto CaesarMinister of Health, Wellness & The Environment Honourable Cecil MckieMinister of National Reconciliation, Labour, Information, Ecclesiastical Affairs Honourable Maxwell CharlesMinister of National Mobilisation, Social Development, the Family, Persons with Disabilities, Youths and Sports Honourable Frederick StephensonMinister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade & Consumer Affairs Honourable Dr. Douglas SlaterMinister of Transport and Works, Urban Development & Local Government Honourable Julian FrancisParliamentary Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Honourable Elvis CharlesHonourable David BrowneHonourable Arnhim EustaceDr. the Honourable Godwin Friday Honourable Terrance OllivierreMember for South Windward Member for West St. GeorgeMember for South Central WindwardMember for West St. GeorgeGovernment SenatorGovernment SenatorGovernment Senator Government SenatorOTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSELeader of the Opposition Member for East KingstownMember for Northern Grenadines Member for Southern Grenadines3Honourable Major St. Claire Leacock Honourable Daniel Cummings Honourable Roland Matthews Honourable Nigel Stephenson Honourable Vynnette Frederick Honourable Anesia BaptisteMember for Central Kingstown Member for West Kingstown Member for North Leeward Member for South Leeward Opposition SenatorOpposition Senator4ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY WEDNESDAY 29th DECEMBER 2010PRAYERSHouse called to order at 4:12 p.m. with the reading of the Prayer by the Clerk of the House, Ms. Nicole Herbert.PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR-GENERALWhereas, by sub-section (1) of Section 47 of the Constitution of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Cap. (2) of the Revised Laws of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1990 Edition) it is provided that each session of Parliament shall be held at such place within Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and shall begin at such time as the General Governor General shall appoint by Proclamation.And whereas, it is expedient that a session of the said Parliament shall be held at the Court House Kingstown and shall begin on the 29th day of December, 2010 at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon.Now, therefore, I Sir Frederick Nathaniel Ballantyne G.C.M.G, Governor General of St Vincent and the Grenadines do hereby appoint the said Court House as the place at which the said session shall be held on Wednesday the 29th day of December, 2010 at 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon as the time in which the said session shall begin.Given under my hand: and the Public Seal of St Vincent and the Grenadines the 17th day of December, 2010 and in the 59th year of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second: God save the Queen”.MS. NICOLE HERBERT (CLERK OF THE HOUSE): I will now invite nominations for the election of the Speaker.DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: The Clerk pursuant to the Constitution of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Standing Order (4) of the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly, I beg to propose the person named as Hendrick Alexander for the position of Speaker of this Honourable House.page5image165605HONOURABLE GIRLYN MIGUEL: I second the Motion. MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Any further nominations?HONOURABLE ARNHIM EUSTACE: Madam Clerk, according to our Constitution and the Standing Order of this House, I wish to nominate Mr. McCauley Peters.MS. NICOLE HERBERT: We have two nominations on the floor and we shall go by the collection of voices: all those in favour?DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: Madam Clerk, may I please draw your attention to Standing Order (5): may I please? I think you have to do it by ballot.MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Election will take place by ballot. [Ballot papers being issued for voting] According to the rules of the House Section 5 (a):-“Every Member present shall, if he desires write upon a ballot-paper to be supplied to him by the Clerk the name of the person so proposed, whom he desires to be Speaker”.Section (b) says:-“The Clerk shall then call the names of all the Members and each Member who so desires shall, as his name is called come to the Table, and drop his ballot-paper into a glass jar thereon in such a manner as not to disclose how he is voting”.DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: You are ready to rumble?MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Judith Jones-Morgan, Montgomery Daniel, Ralph Gonsalves, Saboto Caesar, Frederick Stephenson, Girlyn Miguel, Clayton Burgin, Cecil McKie, Arnhim Eustace, St Clair Leacock, Daniel Cummings, Nigel Stephenson, Maxwell Charles, Roland Mathews, Godwin Friday, Terrance Ollivierre, Dr. Douglas Slater, Julian Francis, Elvis Charles, David Browne, Vynette Frederick and Anesia Baptiste.Section (3) says:- “When all Members who wish to do so have dropped their ballot-paper in the glassjar, the Clerk shall examine the ballot-papers and report the result of the ballot”.I am now going to examine the ballot papers. [Ballot papers are being examined and votes are being counted]. It is my honour to announce the result of the voting. We have for Hendrick Alexander thirteen votes and for McCauley Peters nine votes [applause]. I will now suspend the Sitting to allow the new elected Speaker of the6House to come into the Chamber. I will ask the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister to accompany me in getting Mr. Speaker. House stands suspended.House suspended at 4:20 p.m. House resumed at 4:30 p.m.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Pray be seated.MS. NICOLE HERBERT: We will now take the Oath of Allegiance.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: I Hendrick Alexander do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and true and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!OATH FOR DUE EXECUTION OF OFFICEHONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: I Hendrick Alexander do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, in the office of Speaker, of the House of Assembly: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: I would like to call to the Table David Browne, to take the Oath of Allegiance/Oath for Due Execution of Office. [Interjection] [Clarification] We would now have the election of the Deputy Speaker.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Proposal should be made now.DR. THE HONOURBALE RALPH GONSALVES: Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, in accordance with Section 31:1 of the St Vincent Constitution Order, Constitution of St Vincent and the Grenadines 1979, and in accordance with Standing Order (6) of the Standing Orders of this Honourable House I propose the name of the person David Browne to the Office of Deputy Speaker.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Any further nomination? There seemed to be no further nomination Madam Clerk.MS. NICOLE HERBERT: I will therefore like to invite [Applause] this time I would like to invite Mr. David Browne [Laughter] [Applause].HONOURABLE MR. DAVID BROWNE: I David Browne do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and true and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!page7image177847OATH FOR DUE EXECUTION OF OFFICEpage8image1048HONOURABLE MR. DAVID BROWNE: I David Browne do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will well and truly serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, in the office of Deputy Speaker, of the House of Assembly: so help me God! [Applause]MS. NICOLE HERBERT: We will now have the Oath and Affirmation of Allegiance by other Members, and I will call out the Order. We will do the Representatives first and then we will do the Senators. So, as I call your name you will come to the Table, you will take the Oath and then you will sign on this side and return to your seat.Judith Jones-Morgan.AFFIRMATIONS OF ALLEGIANCEHONOURABLE JUDITH JONES-MORGAN: I Judith Stephanie Jones-Morgan do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!HONOURABLE MONTGOMERY DANIEL: I Montgomery Daniel do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Ralph E. Gonsalves, Member for North Central Windward.DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH E. GONSALVES: I Ralph E. Gonsalves do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors and by extension the People of St Vincent and the Grenadines according to the Law: so help me God! [Applause]MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Saboto Caesar, Member for South Central Windward.HONOURABLE SABOTO CEASAR: I Saboto Caesar do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Frederick A. Stephenson, Member for South Windward.HONOURABLE FREDERICK A. STEPHENSON: I Frederick A. Stephenson do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!page8image201768MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Girlyn Miguel Member for Marriaqua.HONOURABLE GIRLYN MIGUEL: I Girlyn Miguel do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God! [Applause]MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Clayton Burgin, Member for East St George.HONOURABLE CLAYTON BURGIN: I Clayton Burgin do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God! [Applause]MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Cecil McKie, [Applause] Member for West St George [Applause].HONOURABLE CECIL MCKIE: I Cecil McKie do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God! [Applause]MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Arnhim Eustace, Member for East Kingstown.HONOURABLE ARNHIM EUSTACE: I Arnhim Eustace do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: St Clair Leacock, Member for Central Kingstown.HONOURABLE ST CLAIR LEACOCK: I St Clair Augustus Leacock do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Daniel Cummings, Member for West Kingstown.HONOURABLE DANIEL CUMMINGS: I Daniel E. Cummings do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Nigel Stephenson, Member for South Leeward.HONOURABLE NIGEL STEPHENSON: I Nigel Stephenson do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!9MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Maxwell Charles, Member for Central Leeward. [Applause]HONOURABLE MAXWELL CHARLES: I Maxwell Charles do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Roland Mathews, Member for North Leeward.HONOURABLE ROLAND MATHEWS: I Roland Mathews do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God! MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Dr. Godwin Friday, Member for the Northern Grenadines.HONOURABLE GODWIN FRIDAY: I Godwin Friday do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Terrance Ollivierre, Member for the Southern Grenadines.HONOURABLE TERRANCE OLLIVIERRE: I Terrance Ollivierre do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Senator Douglas Slater.HONOURABLE DR. DOUGLAS SLATER: I Douglas Slater do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Senator Julian Francis.HONOURABLE JULIAN FRANCIS: I Julian Francis do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Senator Elvis Charles.HONOURABLE ELVIS CHARLES: I Elvis Charles do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Vynette Frederick.10HONOURABLE VYNETTE FREDERICK: I Vynette Alissa Frederick do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!MS. NICOLE HERBERT: Senator Anesia Baptiste.HONOURABLE ANESIA BAPTISTE: I Anesia Baptiste do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Her Heirs and Successors according to the Law: so help me God!HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Members, the question is that this Honourable House, do stand suspended while we await the arrival of His Excellency the Governor General and His Party.House suspended at 4:50 p.m. House resumed at 5:12 p.m.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Pray be seated. His Excellency Sir Federick Ballantyne, Governor General of St Vincent and the Grenadines enters Parliamentto the blowing of the Trumpet at 5:13 p.m.HIS EXCELLENCY SIR FREDERICK BALLANTYNE: Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I congratulate all the Representatives who were recently elected on December 13, 2010. I congratulate, too, the six Senators who have been appointed to this Honourable House. I welcome you all, especially the fresh faces, to this august body.Mr. Speaker, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, between 1956, when the ministerial system of government was introduced, and up to the recent 2010 general elections, only two political leaders ever led their political parties to three successive electoral triumphs. These two distinguished leaders were Ebenezer Joshua whose party won in 1957, 1961, and 1966, for an abbreviated third term, and Sir James Mitchell whose party emerged victorious in 1984, 1989, 1994 and then for a shortened term after the 1998 general elections. Robert Milton Cato’s St. Vincent and the Grenadines Labour Party won three elections (1967, 1974, and 1979) but they were not successive victories. Our current Prime Minister, Dr. The Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves, has joined that elite company by leading his party to victory in the 2001, 2005, and 2010 general elections. I recognise this accomplishment and heartily congratulate the Honourable Prime Minister and his Unity Labour Party. The Prime Minister is now the longest serving representative in the current Parliament. He has been here since February 1994, a span of 16 years, through five general elections.Mr. Speaker, congratulations, are also in order for the Honourable Leader of the Opposition for leading his party, the New Democratic Party, in a close electoral contest. In the process his party won an additional four seats to bolster the other three seats which it held hitherto.11I acknowledge the contribution of the other candidates in the recently held general elections. I commend the Supervisor of Elections, Mrs. Sylvia Findlay-Scrubb, and her staff for their excellent management of the elections. I thank the Election Observers from overseas – those from CARICOM, the Organisation of American States (OAS), and the Commonwealth – and those locally, spearheaded by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Christian Council. It was most pleasing to hear from the overseas Observers that the general elections were free, fair, inclusive, and transparent and that they had been held in accordance with high international standards. Our country continues to be a beacon of democracy.There are nevertheless five aspects of the general elections which I personally found to be troubling. First, the excess of personal abuse and vilification from the platforms. I shall speak more on this later. Secondly, the disregard of the law and people’s sensitivities in the abuse of the right to broadcast over public address systems mounted on moving vehicles. I was at a funeral service at the Methodist Church in Kingstown and a political party had its loudspeakers on vehicles blaring almost incessantly up and down Back Street to the annoyance of those at the funeral service. Thirdly, the defacing of private and public property with posters and painted markings. Surely, this is unacceptable in modern St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Fourthly, the instances, albeit few, of politically motivated violence. This has no place in our democratic politics. Fifthly, the huge sums of money spent in the elections by the political parties and their supporters. Parliament ought to act swiftly and reasonably in addressing these matters.Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, it is my view that the fresh and unambiguous mandate given by the electorate to the governing party and the increased support accorded to the parliamentary opposition, point to the necessity and desirability of both sides working constructively together in the nation’s interest. Healing, reconciliation, and nation-building should be among our major goals.My government is most sensitive to the issues of healing and reconciliation consequent upon the recent bruising and divisive general elections. Truth and honesty are essential pre-conditions for healing and reconciliation. Defamation, unseemly personal attacks, character assassination, and the trafficking in falsehoods will undermine any serious effort at healing and reconciliation. Thus, they ought to be avoided. We must cast aside the personal vanities, narrow personal agendas and petty political bickering. We must focus more on the wide range of matters upon which there is, or can be, consensus. I acknowledge that competitive political democracy allows for a certain robustness of language but I believe that most reasonable citizens are likely to concur with the view that personal vilification has gone way beyond any accepted limits. Indeed, some political speeches and some rants on talk-radio have been nothing but malicious, verbal abuse and defamation of character. We must stop it.This is a small country in which our people ought to live more lovingly with one another. We must all make a better effort henceforth so to do. Parliamentarians have a vital role to play in this regard. To be sure, the church, the school, the family, the mass media, and the community organisation also have their critical contribution to make. But I am talking to Parliamentarians today, so I focus on Honourable Members.My government has established a Ministry of National Reconciliation headed by someone who has exquisite credentials as a worker in the pastoral vineyard. This Ministry provides a focal point for such work. Interestingly, one of the subjects in that Honourable Minister’s range of portfolios is that of “ecclesiastical12affairs”. I am sure that he would engage with the churches and the Ministry of Social Development, among others, to assist in the realisation of healing and reconciliation.Mr. Speaker, my government intends to pursue vigorously its Top Ten Policies upon which the Unity Labour Party was recently re-elected. These are:Waging the on-going War against Poverty; Wealth Creation and Job Creation through the private, State and cooperative economic sectors.Pursuing a many-sided strategy of sustainable economic growth and development in an increasingly modern and globalised environment, including the consolidating of fiscal discipline, balancing prudence and enterprise;Extending and deepening the Education Revolution, including a further emphasis on ICT training and the implementation of the one laptop per student policy; Making St. Vincent and the Grenadines safer and strengthening law and order; Enhancing the Health and Wellness Revolution, including the opening of the Modern Medical Complex at Georgetown and the relocation of the main hospital;Uplifting the communities by properly addressing the vital areas of concern, including housing, lands, road repairs, sports and cultural facilities; Elaborate plans for the building of a new city at Arnos Vale and enhanced access to Kingstown;Completing the Argyle International Airport and improving markedly connectivity in every way between St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the world.Delivering top-notch good governance all round, in every area of public policy, including regional integration and international relations in our people’s interest.All of these policies will be implemented within the context, too, of the immediate on-going “Operation Recovery and Reconstruction” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Operation Recovery and Reconstruction is proceeding well but there is still much more work to be done. It has been an expensive exercise thus far and much more resources are still to be expended on it particularly as regards agricultural restoration and development, housing reconstruction, the rehabilitation of roads and buildings, the restoration of the badly-damaged forests, and the protection of our rivers and coastline which have been severely compromised.Mr. Speaker, my government’s Top Ten Policies, and others, plus Operation Recovery and Reconstruction demand significant resources. Some resources have already been mobilised but they are insufficient for all the major tasks ahead. My government is in the process of accessing additional resources from grants and soft loans. But most important is the sustainable development of the economy to enable the creation of more wealth and jobs so as to generate further domestic resources for more infrastructural and social development. In this13venture of economic development the public, private, and cooperative sectors must work collaboratively for nation-building. Enhanced production and better and more productive attitudes to work are essential. Workers, supervisors, and managers must lift their game in this exercise. Uncompetitive production of goods and services will get us nowhere; poor quality work will doom us.Next month, my government will detail its precise revenue and expenditure plans for 2011, and beyond, when the Honourable Prime Minister presents the Annual Estimates and the Appropriation Bill to this Honourable House.Mr. Speaker, the on-going international economic recession still affects St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the Caribbean, adversely. This fact behoves us to be more creative in our efforts and intolerant of wasting resources than ever before. These considerations apply with equal force in the private sector, the public service, and in public enterprises. Public Servants and workers in public enterprises must pull their weight more than ever. Owning the government means, among other things, working harder and smarter for the collective good of the nation. Owning the government cannot mean fleecing the government, directly or indirectly. The government belongs to all of us, today and tomorrow, so we must all try to make it better. This is a responsibility which we must not shirk.I pray that our people, as a whole, at home and abroad would put partisan political differences behind them and embrace the new period with enthusiasm, resilience, and resourcefulness. We are, by and large, a good-natured people who love our neighbours and our country. A tiny minority may go astray but the bulk of us mean well and want to do well for ourselves, our families, and our country. Let us harness this positive impulse for a better future.The young people, especially, have an overwhelming stake in this country and its future. Educational and legitimate opportunities in the economy and society abound as never before. Among the central emphases of my government have been education and training, job creation and wealth creation, health and wellness, historical reclamation and cultural up-liftment. These emphases touch and concern the young people in major ways. I urge young persons to seize the abundant legitimate opportunities available for their advancement. Please, stay away from the tainted glitter of crime especially those related to violence, drug trafficking, and money-laundering. Easy money invariably means big jail. I urge all to hold on to the core values of our forebears who have built this country. Hard and smart work, education and training, family, thrift, community solidarity, good neighbourliness, love of country, Christian ethics, individual freedom, human dignity, and democracy. With an on-going and practical commitment to these core values, it is unlikely that we can ever go wrong. My government holds steadfast to these values.Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege for me to declare the commencement of the First Session of the Ninth Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thank you! And may Almighty God continue to bless us all!14CONGRATULATORY REMARKS HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Prime Minister.DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, first of all I would like to congratulate you most heartily on your re-election for yet another term as Speaker of this Honourable House. You have filled the office with distinction, we are fortunate, Mr. Speaker, that at one time you were a Senator in this Honourable House and therefore you have an understanding of the cut and thrust of the debate and you have served with a most balanced temperament to keep our work going over the last ten years. You know the Rules very well. In fact, I doubt whether there is any man in the land or woman who knows the Rules of this Honourable House more than you do. I believe, Mr. Speaker, that you are already the longest serving Speaker, of this House since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1951. You would be adding a further five years God willing, hoping for your good health and strength, it would be a record which I think will be difficult to match. I am really very happy on behalf of all Honourable Members; you have chosen to accept this high Office again.Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the Honourable Deputy Speaker, who, it is his first time in this House, but from what I have seen he is a quick learner and that he has the aptitude and the background, otherwise this Honourable House would not have elected you without Opposition. So we are very pleased.Mr. Speaker, I congratulate all Honourable Members who have been re-elected and those who are here for the first time as representatives and I congratulate all those Honourable Members who are here for the first time as Senators. I believe always that whatever any individual may think about the democratic process and the constitution and its limitations, the people provide the material for us to work with and the truth is this, that since 1951, we have not done badly in this country overall with the material which we have had in the legislature.I see, a House which is a mixture of experience and youthfulness and enthusiasm, and this is really as it should be, because we have to always make way for the next generation while at the same time seeking in some way to hold their hands in the meantime and to perhaps, if they have the humility, to learn from those of us who have been around a little while. The House is a place where those who do not have humility and who come fresh and rash invariably find themselves swiftly humbled. That has been my conclusion from observing in this Honourable House for many years and from being in this Parliament, as His Excellency the Governor General pointed out the longest serving member in the current Parliament. I congratulate the Leader of the Opposition, as I have done before, especially for leading his party on another occasion in Opposition.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Let me ask the Members of the Gallery please, to desist from participating in the proceedings. Let me ask you please to take lightly.DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: I am most pleased fairly with that fact. Mr. Speaker, I know that from time to time, people say, in these difficult times being in government is a real challenge. I say to them if you think government is difficult try opposition. I always make that point, if you think the government is difficult try opposition and I have been there for a long time.page15image2884015But it is in the nature of life, of biblical times that leaders, when they emerge they have to experience what I call the wilderness years. And you know the mettle of men and women when they are in the wilderness years. Some come through strengthened, some fall by the wayside. But I am very pleased to see what the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have put before us, to work with, pass the laws in this country, with good governance of our nation. And I pledge, Mr. Speaker, as always, I pledge to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as always that I shall do my best. I love the people of this country, my country, our country dearly. And I am humbled to be given an opportunity the third time to serve as the Prime Minister of our people.Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate the Honourable Member for Marriaqua for her appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister. It is the first time that a woman holds that position in this country, and you know from the first time I met the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, in relation to politics, I felt it in my bones, it was a noise in my blood an echo in my bones that she would do something special for this country and that she would rise high. And I think her position is well deserved and I congratulate her.Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the Honourable Attorney General who also in her capacity as a Public Service Attorney General. I know thus far, she is the longest serving Attorney General since independence. In fact, she is the longest serving Attorney General since Universal Adult Suffrage. I have not researched the matter, as to whether she is the longest serving Attorney General in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but I doubt very much that there would be many persons hitherto, prior to 1951 who would have served for ten consecutive years and then she is on her third term. She has been a tower of strength in the Legal Department. A woman of great intelligence and humility, hard work and discipline, and we are most pleased, that the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has given us this Attorney General by way of a marriage to a son of the soil. I thank her very much for accepting the opportunity to serve again in this capacity.Mr. Speaker, If I may just move away from matters governmental, and since I have the only opportunity to speak in congratulating persons it would be remiss of me not to congratulate Senator Julian Francis in his capacity as Campaign Manager of the successful ULP team in the recently general elections.The Honourable Senator Francis took on a well-financed neo colonial outfit from the United Kingdom and for the first time in their history they were trounced. I shall send them a New Year’s card recording that fact. It was a hectic campaign and one which by and large was a credit to the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and I am very pleased that we have someone with the ability of Senator Francis to manage a home-grown campaign and to emerge triumphant.Mr. Speaker, I have a particular weakness for young persons and I really want to very specially congratulate the young members who have come into this House as elected members and as Senators. If you will permit me to call their names rather than constituencies Mr. Speaker, if you may permit me to breach the rule in that regard.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Disregard. DR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: Fine. Saboto Caesar, Fredrick Augustus Stephenson, Iguess Ces Mc Kie who is not yet 50, may consider himself youthful, David Browne, Elvis Charles who is here, 16and I want to congratulate too, the two young men who have joined the opposition benches, Patel Matthews and Nigel Stephenson. I rather would have rather not to have seen them here, but...I tried not to have them here. But that is the nature of democracy. But, I congratulate them for having come here and I look forward to see their measure.I also congratulate the two young Senators on the Opposition side, Vynette Fredrick and Anesia Baptiste and sincerely I wish you well. In the cut and thrust of debate, there no doubt would be differences but I say to you when you reach my age, close to the mid-sixties and you take a longer view of history, you will put many things in perspective, and I honestly congratulate you on your appointments. I know there are one or two persons who are disappointed who have not have been appointed, but that is the nature of life; grown men and women have to take disappointments in their stride.I just want, at a personal level, Mr. Speaker, to apologize at the formal opening for the absence of my wife who unfortunately had to be overseas with our two daughters. I am very pleased to see the wives of other Honourable Members at this opening, and I welcome them and I understand their own contribution to the successes of their spouses. I wish them all the best and God’s riches blessings; and urge that we all take the words today of His Excellency, the Governor General to heart. Thank you, very much. I am obliged.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: We will take the Honourable Leader of the Opposition.HONOURABLE ARNHIM EUSTACE: Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members. Mr. Speaker, I want to start by offering my congratulations to you, being elected Speaker, of the House of Assembly, for yet another term. I do not know how long that term is, but yet another term.Mr. Speaker, what we have before us today, the structure of our Parliament is a reflection of some changes brought about by our population. We have moved from a situation in which we had 16 on the government side and five on this side. It is now 12, to nine, so the structure has in fact changed. And I can say to you, Mr. Speaker, given that change in structure, we are going to have a much more vigorous Parliament. Much more vigorous Parliament.Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate all those persons who were elected on the 13th of December, some of them being re-elected, they have been here for quite some time. And others who are new. And I sincerely congratulate them. We had a tough election and as always the case, one seat makes a difference. Mr. Speaker, in congratulating those who have been re-elected and those who have been elected for the first time, I must say that this Parliament that is now elected is one that will create some history. I am confident that the issues that we have to address in the coming months indeed from next month are heavy and challenging and you can expect from this opposition that we will be putting our feet fully into the issues that confront our nation.Mr. Speaker, I want to pay special regard and special congratulations to those persons who have been chosen and today being sworn in as Senators, on both sides of this Honourable House, most of them are relatively young people. Mr. Speaker, I particularly want to say today to the two new Senators, on this side of the House, I particularly want to offer them special congratulations. I believe they have the capacity, I believe they have17the training and the background that allows them to be members of this honourable House. I do not know those on the Opposition very well, but I have listened to some of the presentations and I believe they too will make their contributions to debates in this Honourable House. I want to recognize, Mr. Speaker, that there are two Senators here on this side of the House, the representative for Central Kingstown, and West Kingstown, who have been here as Senators for quite some time, I recognize them now as elected members of this Parliament, of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Indeed, Mr. Speaker, I have often heard it said that as long as the Prime Minister is alive one of them will not get into this House, but I saw him take the oath of office today, Mr. Speaker, with pride and I say victory is well deserved.Mr. Speaker, St. Vincent is ours, we come here with a purpose, we come here with a purpose to represent the people of this land and to ensure that we do the best by them through service, and I ask nothing more, Mr. Speaker, of all our members and I am sure that many share a similar view, I ask nothing more than we provide the service that the people have put us here to provide. I understand, Mr. Speaker, the cut and thrust of politics and sometimes the harsh words, but the reality is that St. Vincent needs to move on, it needs to develop, much more than we are doing now. And this New Democratic Party, which I happen to be President of, will play its role through its parliamentarians in making the necessary contributions to the improvement of this land of ours and to the people of this country of ours. We are very serious in that regard, Mr. Speaker. And hence my reference to the vigorous Parliament, because this is what it is going to be. So, I look forward, Mr. Speaker, over the coming months to a parliament that really serves. Much obliged, Mr. Speaker.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Member for East St. George.HONOURABLE CLAYTON BURGIN: Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I want to congratulate Mr. George Parris of Calliaqua for obtaining his 100th birthday on the 17th of December, 2010. Mr. Speaker, since coming to this Parliament, I am now doing ten persons from East St. George who would have reached this milestone, but it is the first male in that ten, so special congratulations to him and it shows that, Mr. Speaker, as a Calliaqua man, and the Opposition Leader, from Ratho Mill, Prospect, another East St. Georgian, that we have hopes of reaching that figure, that milestone, if we live well like Mr. George Parris. He says that he still take a little sip of brandy, he ask his grandson not to peel his eddoes but to scrap them, so that he can see the black inside of them, and he enjoys his hard food, as he says. And he praise the Lord and he loves his fish as well. So I am saying that it is a wonderful thing to reach 100 years and there was a time when I had at least seven persons living over 100 in East St. George. The number has been reduced to three, but I still think I am top of the rest of the country. So, Mr. Speaker, I want to wish him well and good health for the rest of his years. Thank you, very much.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Member for Central Kingstown, I recognize you and then I will take the Honourable Senator Francis.HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: Mr. Speaker, are you going to say that again, Mr. Speaker, or... Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I want to thank you for this opportunity to say more than a few words onthis occasion. As I offer my own congratulations to returning members, and new members, but more 18specifically to the colleagues on this side of the House and so Mr. Speaker, I say to God be the glory. Today, Mr. Speaker, I share this privileged moment, because that is what it is, to be elected to this House, with my 88 year old mother, and those wonderful people of Central Kingstown whom I love so dearly.Before I do that, Mr. Speaker, let me recognize the trailblazers that have gone this way before me and I see in the House Honourable Conrad Sayers, who in his own way would have made his contribution. I never believed in the saying that people who spent certain number of years in the Parliament do nothing. In fact, if you would allow me to say there is one occasion in the constituency, I went to a particular area where I saw pipe borne water brought, and I said to the person, you would be wicked if you did not vote for Mr. Sayers, because indeed, it was an effort.That said, Mr. Speaker, I want on this occasion to let the Honourable Prime Minister know that I hold no rancour or no bitterness with respect to his vitriolic, his derogations, this is in fact the time, Mr. Speaker, to think of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and to rise properly to the occasion. So, never, never, ever, Mr. Prime Minister would you hear me in condemnatory exercise but to say that I will move on. And there is no need for me to offer any bebuke, not even to make the proverbial statement; “get thee hence, Satan.” I say though, we must forgive him.Mr. Speaker, the significance of the victory in Central Kingstown on behalf of the people is huge. We in the New Democratic Party had not won that seat since 1994 when Parnel Campbell gained 1637 votes, and Burns Bonadie lost in 2001 with 1575 votes. Your truly contesting that seat in 2005 got 1965 votes, I had moved the party from a 39% representation to 49.2%, and lost by a mere 16 votes. On this occasion Mr. Speaker, I won that constituency with 2445, gaining 470 new votes in Central Kingstown, and against an armada on the other side.Mr. Speaker, you know, in politics there is a lot of experience one gains, and there is one that will stick to my mind through this election campaign. Because it is a learning experience for all of us, humbling as it may be. On one occasion I was getting some assistance from a businessman, in Kingstown and I am sure he is listening and I want to tell you how he described the contest.Mr. Eustace, Honourable Member for East Kingstown, I have never said this to you. He recalls as he says the days when his family, and this is how he describes them, the rural aristocracy, had to come to contend with what he called, he said to be the Kingstown aristocracy. Mr. Eustace he was describing this part of the Kingstown aristocracy. It is something that resides with me, because on both sides of the House we are sometimes not as sensitive to the extent of the class division that still resides in our society. I certainly have had to overcome much of that. And that is why I say this victory is for the people of Central Kingstown and that of my 88 year old mother; who ‘drogge’ milk from Vermont to Kingstown to send us to school. My father is deceased now, people talk about him as a coconut vendor. But I say that sometimes, because it hurts, Mr. Speaker, it hurts very badly when in campaigns you have to listen to degrees of wordiness and sometimes just diatribe, but the bitterness that comes from people who should know better. That some of us like myself do not come from a social class, that is deserving of representation of this House, and I really think that someday the19Prime Minister must apologize for those kinds of comments. It is really,... it is really... [Interruptions] [Gravel Thumping] ...You all start, go ahead, you know this is what I am good at, eh. Go ahead, go ahead...HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Member! [Gravel thumping.] HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: Go ahead.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Member for Central Kingstown, do not fuel anything here. Quiet please.HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: Let them go ahead.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: I am on the floor. I am trying to address this matter, please. I am on the floor and you would sit. Obviously if I am on the floor, you will sit. Honourable Members, I do not believe this period, this meeting is anything for any form of contention. We are extending as it were congratulations and greetings. I know that there are some things sometimes we cannot help saying, but please let us not fuel anything. Let us allow, maybe emotions to whatever it is there, but let us not get too contentious about this sort of thing. And I will advise the various speakers... as a matter of fact, I do not think that everybody is going to speak today, but we may have to limit the amount of time that you speak here this afternoon, so that at least we can get over this thing very shortly. Okay.HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: Mr. Speaker, I am grateful for your guidance, Mr. Speaker. But this is precisely, perhaps why I am here, and I am addressing the matter, because some people enjoy having two bites of the cherry. You see, Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago while this is the place to make these presentations they chose where they would not have the controlling influence of yourself, the Speaker, in Layou, to do the same exercise, and what was not said, is perhaps what could not be said.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Let us not have this recrimination. Let us move on. HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: I am moving on, Mr. Speaker. I am moving on. I am not in therecrimination business. I am speaking to the record, Mr. Speaker.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: No, I said let us move on, with the congratulations.HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: I am moving on, Mr. Speaker. We are continuing where we left off. I am moving on, Mr. Speaker. I simply want to make the point, Mr. Speaker, that the Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is for all Vincentians, without colour, class or creed, and it is not for any of us, prime ministers or leaders of the Opposition, to speak now or at any time in the kinds of derogatory, class or race ways that has become a feature of the Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. And my election to office is a signal from the people of Central Kingstown, and the People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines they have had enough of that kind of behaviour. That is what I want to say, Mr. Speaker. So Mr. Speaker, my final remarks, Mr. Speaker,...20HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Thank you. Let us... Honourable Members, please! [Gravel Thumping]. I will wind this thing up, if it continues this way. Please. I have that privilege.HONOURABLE ST. CLAIR LEACOCK: Mr. Speaker, I want to give you the assurance and this Parliament, the assurance, the people of Central Kingstown the assurance, the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines the assurance, that this privilege that I have over the next few years to serve in this House, will be one where I would devote myself, my time and attention to the improved administration of this our blessed land, to provide the kinds of leadership that is necessary to take our country forward and to bring to our parliamentary debates the insights and experience that has garnered over the years, and to understand that our purpose here, Mr. Speaker, it is not for our own exaltation but to duly represent those people who have in their own infinite wisdom given us that opportunity to serve. Today, Mr. Speaker, therefore, I pledge to the people of Central Kingstown five years of dedicated service towards their betterment as the years go by. Thank you, very much, Mr. Speaker.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Thank you, very much, Honourable Member. Honourable Members, I am going to ask that you stick to congratulatory remarks, kindly stick to congratulatory remarks. If you veer from that I am going to stop you. We are here to at least congratulate and to express our sincere wishes to each one, let us do that in a very sincere and genuine way. I will address that in my own congratulations shortly. All right Honourable Senator Francis.HONOURABLE JULIAN FRANCIS: Thank you, very much, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, first of all [I] wish to congratulate you on your third election as Speaker of the House of Assembly and my colleague Senator David Browne as Deputy Speaker. I want to acknowledge the kind words said about me by the Honourable Leader of the House, the Honourable Prime Minister who is my political leader, and I want to say congratulations to him for having led his party to a third term victory.Mr. Speaker, just to add a little humour to it, he joins an elite band, very narrow, of politicians who have done that, and in a situation as this where there is an 8-7 there is always the threat and talk of crossing the floor, and I recall one of those members of that elite band years ago, Ebenezer Joshua, when one of his members crossed the floor, he used very unparliamentary language when he was speaking of the Honourable Sam Slater, and he called him a dog, Sam Slater, and the Speaker said, Honourable Member, very unparliamentary language, I think you should withdraw the statement. And he said, yes, Mr. Speaker, I will withdraw the dog, but I will not take back Sam Slater. So it is that elite band that my political leader has joined and I want to assure him that there is no fear that there will be any description of anyone who would want to move across from this side to the other side.I heard the opening of my dear colleague senator, former senator, who is now an elected member, in his opening remarks, I thought that he was in fact, making an opening for a coming over to this side and I was going to ask my political leader to do consider his request, but obviously in the end he was not so intended. Mr. Speaker, I would also like to congratulate all those persons who owned this campaign that we just went through, I cannot have the kind words said to me in Parliament and I do not pass it on to all the supporters of the21Unity Labour Party who followed the call of our political leader to own the campaign of the Unity Labour Party. Mr. Speaker, we did it with music in particular and other locally crafted strategies and as the political leader said, the Prime Minister said, we have sent SCL with a scratch record back to London. I in particular, Mr. Speaker, would like to congratulate Shannel Nanton, Sonny Banks and Rollo as the first three to have come out with the local crafting of the music that took us into a third term. Some 22 others also contributed at different levels and I would say if you ask me what was the most significant contribution, it was the cultural aspect, local cultural aspect of our campaign, that took us into this third term. So, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all those who worked hard with me; the work crew, the members of the media team and all others. The office staff and everybody else for the wonderful work and the joint effort that we put together to make our Honourable Prime Minister enjoy his third term indeed in this Honourable House. Thank you, very much.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Members, I am going to give my congratulations. I believe that the Honourable Prime Minister and the Honourable Leader of the Opposition would have actually spoken for you know, those whom they represent and I think we probably can close off at this point with the congratulations, so I would give my congratulations now and we can close off at this point.Honourable Members, the fact that I have been elected for a third successive term as Speaker of this House of Assembly, is not only historic, but a vote of confidence, it is also a divinely inspired act, Psalm 75:5 -7 says:Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.We ought to remember that it is God who had ordained and established powers and he who resisted the power that God ordaineth, resisted the ordinance of God. The Bible says that rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil ...As I have said in the oath of allegiance that I will be faithful and true in the execution of my duty. It is my intention to carry out my duties and responsibilities without fear or favour, malice or ill will as God gave me the strength and ability so to do. It must be understood that after 10 years in this job I must be well seasoned. I urge all members of this Honourable House to be serious and responsible in their utterances and exhibit at all times love and respect for each other. The Chair in all its dimensions has the last word.I congratulate and welcome all of you to this Parliament and especially so to those of you who are coming here for the first time. I beg that you acquaint yourselves with the Rules of this House. My strength in this Parliament resides in these Standing Orders, which I intend to execute to the best of my ability. I do not pretend to know it all and where necessary, I will, as usual seek the best advice available. I will not be rushed in making decisions in relation to a Point of Order, but I will be firm and decisive.22I want to thank all of you who have prayed for and supported me over the years, my family, friends and Parliamentary colleagues including members of staff. I also thank those of you who elected me again to this high office. I urge all members of this staff, House of Assembly, to work diligently to achieve the goals and objectives as set out for us. May God bless us all. Thank you, very much.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Honourable Prime Minister. APPOINTMENT OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEEDR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, Section 76 of the Constitution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, mandates that at the commencement of each section this Honourable House shall appoint the Public Accounts Committee from amongst its members, whose duties shall be to consider the accounts referred to in section 75 (2) of the constitution in conjunction with the report of Director of Audit and in particular to report to the House:(a) In the case of any excess of unauthorized expenditure of public funds the reason for such expenditure and (b) Any measures it considers necessary in order to ensure that public funds are properly spent, and such other duties relating to Public Accounts as the House may from time to time direct.This therefore, Mr. Speaker, is a specialized subcommittee of this Honourable House. By tradition, by convention, since there are no statutes which addresses the matter of the Public Accounts Committee, we follow the practice of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Parliaments where the leader of the Opposition, or in larger parliaments, someone designated by the Leader of the Opposition to be the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee.We have to in accordance with the Rules, Mr. Speaker, as you know, quite well, better than most of us, that we would have a membership of the committee which properly represents the divide as we have in this Honourable House. The last occasion we had seven members. I had some discussions with the Honourable Leader of the Opposition and we are in agreement that we should have nine members, five members from the government side and four members from the opposition side.Accordingly, Mr. Speaker, I submit the following names for membership of the Public Accounts Committee. The Honourable Clayton Burgin, the Honourable Saboto Casaer, the Honourable Julian Francis, the Honourable Douglas Slater, and the Honourable David Browne. Mr. Speaker, of course, as always the Honourable Attorney General as a Public Servant has the right to sit at the Public Accounts Committee from the standpoint of providing any requisite legal advice.HONOURABLE MR. SPEAKER: Okay, Honourable Leader of the Opposition.page23image2237623HONOURABLE ARNHIM EUSTACE: Mr. Speaker, I wish to indicate that Representative for the Northern Grenadines, Honourable Godwin Friday be a member, the Representative for Central Kingstown, Honourable St. Clair Leacock, Representative for North Leeward, Honourable Roland ‘Patel’ Matthews and myself, Honourable Leader of the Opposition.ADJOURNMENTDR. THE HONOURABLE RALPH GONSALVES: Mr. Speaker, I usually like to provide a precise date for the adjournment. But I am not in a position to do so today, and the reason being that I have not settled upon the date when we are presenting the estimates. I am hopeful that we would do so sometime 19th, 20th, 21st thereabouts, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of that week. We are hard at work at the Ministry of Finance putting matters together. Next week we are having meetings all week with the various ministries and I indicate that, that in the last week of January we will have the debate on the Appropriation Bill. So I give some indication but I think, Honourable Members would appreciate that I would not be able to give at this time a precise date but I give a broad window as to when we will come back to this Honourable House.Accordingly, Mr. Speaker, I beg to move that this Honourable House be adjourned sine die. HONOURABLE GIRLYN MIGUEL: Honourable Mr. Speaker, I beg to second the motion.House adjourned 6:28 p.m. Sine die.page24image1222424