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January 16th, 2013
Did Kevin C. Smith disrespect the SFC?- Hon. Fahie

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Some sparks flew when the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs appeared before the House of Assembly (HOA) Standing Finance Committee (SFC) last year to defend its 2013 Budget allocation.

January 12th, 2013
The Minister of Finance “begging” the Financial Sec for money? - Hon. O’Neal

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Leader of the Opposition Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal OBE believes the Minister for Tourism must be able to have some freedom of spending and not be "begging" the Financial Secretary for money to do so.

January 9th, 2013
More housing allowance requested for Att. Gen. - Hons. Skelton & Vanterpool

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While many Permanent Secretaries and Department Heads cannot obtain adequate funding for their Ministries, Departments or Agencies, hire the much needed human resources required to carry out their mandates, two government Ministers are advocating for a higher housing allowance for the Virgin Islands’ Attorney General Dr. the Honourable Christopher P. Malcolm.

January 6th, 2013
Politicians Registry of Interests should be Public- Romney-Varlack

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The 2007 Virgin Islands Constitution has a provision in section 112 for a Registrar of Interest whereby elected officials must declare their assets, income and liabilities. However, the record is not public.

January 2nd, 2013
Survey indicates children sexually active at age 9- Dr. Irad Potter

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Children in the Virgin Islands are reportedly sexually active as young as 9 years of age, according to information coming out of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC)deliberations over the 2013 National Budget.

December 28th, 2012
Night Court staff was overpaid; one officer yet to refund Treasury- SFC report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In the wake of justifying the closure of the Virgin Islands Night Court sessions a number of alleged misdemeanors and injustices were highlighted, one being the over payment of staff which, according to the Standing Financial Committee’s (SFC) 2012 report, shows one officer not refunding the government’s Treasury to-date.

April 6th, 2012
Concerns raised over treatment of visitors, residents by “some” Immigration Officers

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The discourteous treatment of visitors and residents by certain immigration officers was a concern expressed by members of the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) with members calling for persons to be treated courteously when entering the Territory.

April 4th, 2012
It took 4 years for a decision on naturalization application- Elton Georges

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Elton Georges, a former Deputy Governor who holds the newly created post following the 2007 Virgin Islands Constitution of Complaints Commissioner (CC) appeared before the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) to defend his budgetary allocation.

March 27th, 2012
Confusion looms as to who is responsible for HM Prison

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Coming out of the recent Standing Finance Committee (SFC) meeting held to discuss the 2012 Budget Estimates was some confusion and “grey areas” as to the role of the United Kingdom appointed Governor and the elected Minister for Education and Culture, as it relates to the portfolio of Her Majesty’s Prison.

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