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HoA to resume Tuesday July 24, 2018; Many Bills but no public input

- Julian Willock blasts Members for lack of public input into legislation
House of Assembly to continue the Sixth Sitting tomorrow, July 24, 2018. Photo: VINO file
Businessman and student of Political Science, Julian Willock, criticized government officials for not consulting the public on the Bills. Photo: Facebook
Businessman and student of Political Science, Julian Willock, criticized government officials for not consulting the public on the Bills. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The House of Assembly (HoA) will resume its sitting on Tuesday July 24, 2018. The Parliament last met on Thursday July 19, 2018 where it was rough for Government Ministers, as they struggled to answer many of the questions truthfully, at times holding back information.

It also appears that Members were not getting along, as tension was high on both sides of the isle. The July 24, 2018 Sitting will be a continuation of the 6th Sitting of the HoA.

The House will continue with Government Business which includes the Second and Third Readings of some four bills, according to HoA Spokesman Linton V. Leonard.  The Bills are, "International Tax Authority Act, 2018"; "Financing and Money Services (Amendment) Act, 2018"; "Financial Services Commission (Amendment) Act, 2018"; and "Mutual Legal Assistance (Tax Matters) (Amendment) Act, 2018".

Where is public input?- Willock

In an invited comment, Julian Willock who will be a candidate in the next general elections, have long raised the alarm that these “Bills continue to go thought the Legislature with no input from the public, no public or information meetings, or no serious explanation during the debates on how it affects the lives of our people… it’s sad for our young democracy”  the former Permanent Secretary maintained.

The businessman and student of Political Science alleged that “at times even listening to the debate, it’s clear that some members don’t even understand the Bills they are passing.”

The HoA will begin at 10:00 A.M, at the Road Town Chambers and  broadcasted live on ZCBN 90.9 FM.

2 Responses to “HoA to resume Tuesday July 24, 2018; Many Bills but no public input”

  • voter (24/07/2018, 10:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    who cares about the house meeting? Tell the public when its dissolved
  • RealPol (25/07/2018, 21:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When is the HOA going to be prorogued? The government has failed. Just prorogued the ting and call it George and set an election date. Relieve the electorate of its pain, suffering, shame and disappointment. If government truly love the people send them to polls to effect change. No need to prolong the agony. Why government does not want to people the opportunity for input? Does it think the people are dumb? Quit insulting the electorate; quit behaving like Animal Farm. At this juncture, governmrnt is a lame duck. Time for a new beginning.


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