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Questions back on Order Paper for December 19 HoA Sitting

December 18th, 2016 | Tags: House of Assembly HOA order paper opposition questions
From left: First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie, Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) and Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO/File
At the HoA sitting of December 19, 2016 the Opposition will want to know about the controversial million dollar wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), questions to be asked of Education Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO/File
At the HoA sitting of December 19, 2016 the Opposition will want to know about the controversial million dollar wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), questions to be asked of Education Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is well established that the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) Government of Premier and Leader of Government business Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL) does not like to answer the Opposition’s questions in the House of Assembly (HoA).

Over the past six years in office (2011-current), the NDP has shown callous disregard for the questions posed by Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, a normal tenor of the Westminster system of Government and best practice for transparency and good governance. 

No questions please-NDP

When the NDP is not shifting the questions to the end of the Order Paper, it has been accused of not answering many of the questions truthfully, hiding information or outright refusing to answer them.

The last time the HoA met many of the questions could not be answered as the Premier, whom many of them were posed to, was overseas on Official Business and the acting Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) did not agree to answer them, instead waiting for the return of his boss.

Well, at the Third Sitting of the Second Session of the Third House of Assembly scheduled for December 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM, many of the questions have been returned to the Order Paper from both the Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and the First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie.

Time to answer questions

The questions range from cost to run the state owned Prospect Reef Hotel and the rental receipts, whether the Hotel is complying with paying in their NHI, Social Security and Inland Revenue.

The questions also to be answered include if the US Patriot Act on Correspondent Banking places any obligation on banks in the Virgin Islands (VI) to identify the owners of accounts and what is the new attitude of the new British Prime Minister Theresa M. May towards the VI.

The front bench Ministers of Government will also have to answer to all legal services hired by the Government and all who obtained consultancy services from the Government.

In addition, the Opposition wants to know about the controversial million dollar wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), both hard and soft cost, and who approved the big bill boards that have sprung up all over Tortola.

The HoA will start at 10:00 A.M. and will be carried live on CBN Television channel 51.

18 Responses to “Questions back on Order Paper for December 19 HoA Sitting”

  • one blogger infer (18/12/2016, 20:28) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    That the NDP seems to operate like a secret society. This is starting to seem like the case. They appear to be able to getaway with anything, without answering to anyone, like a law unto themselves and unstoppable. Or are they?
  • facts man (18/12/2016, 20:29) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    They still will not give us the whole truth
  • just asking.. (18/12/2016, 20:34) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Who cares about listening to this poppy show house?
  • wize up (18/12/2016, 20:59) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Let's go back a bit to 2007 some of us clearly recall the member of the # 3 blatantly refused to answer questions especially those associated with bywater(less not conveniently sweep those 2007 house sittings under the rug while VIP held office) come tomorrow the first order will be to reorder the order paper because all VIP does is dig up issues from 2011(the whole matter of political leaders taking your tax money began 45 years ago;way before 2011)...who in power now simply continuing the bad behaviour and the lack of proper admistrative policies that they meet(none better than the other when it comes to giving our tax money to them family members and political friends(don't begin the political history book from 2011; simply flip back a few more years)... can you say cookie jar!!!! Can you recall the project(s) in district # 3(that wall went up before 2011 and the harbour project were all before 2011(just a factual reminder)
    • ok (18/12/2016, 23:17) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok that's was 2007 the country was in good shape .is now 2017 going 2017 the ? Them need to be answer point blank.....
      • wize up (19/12/2016, 06:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ ok: what starts bad can't end good: administrative reform is what we need not a set of question: fix what continues to cause the problem rather than keep harping on the problem:what we need are admenments to the current way government spend your tax money and our politicans not fixing the cause of the problems: which one of them want to move a motion in the house of assembly with a document that is seeking more transparency and better accountability(not one of them because all of them are a set of crooks once elected) get up stand and bring new legislation that correct government and their spending poor policies pr and put down the he say she questions: the unaccountability of your tax money been going on for many many many years
    • Jack B Nimble (19/12/2016, 02:41) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      Doc. Take Control. Lead by example and insist the others follow.. Do the honourable things put the country first. You are a honourable man. Let your light shine for all to see.. Answer what you asked if they are ligit questions... Please. Thanks.
    • voiceofthevoiceless (19/12/2016, 08:37) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ wizeup

      Validating or rationalizing your wrongs by claiming that someone else did the same does not make the wrong, right. It is a major character flaw. In this case it exposes critical flaws in the system that somehow allows Government after Government to repeat the same wrongs over and over again.

      In 2011 came back to power promising transparency and good governance and they have failed miserably in that regard. No freedom of information act, no open cabinet meetings, no whistle blower act, no reforming of the procurement practices, no communication with the people and the list goes on and on. You see when a Government mismanages or corrupts our system they must be held accountable and with zero transparency it is very difficult to hold anyone accountable. You take this as a joke but this is the tax payers money and livelihood we talking about. This is our children and their children present and future we talking about.

      Laugh now, cry later.
    • Cummings (19/12/2016, 14:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Just to show you bias against Member for 3rd. Lie no. 1 your statement about not answering Biwater questions in 2007. Biwater was not around in 2007. Lie no. 2. The Member for 3rd always answered questions. Go check the records. So wise up, stop lying on Member for 3rd. Go find another target
  • qc (19/12/2016, 00:33) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Wize up is a paid ndp blogger
    • wize up (19/12/2016, 07:51) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ QC: paid blogger is a bit harsh: what i do know for sure me, my family and business affiliates all vote 100% NDP in 2015(no one have to pay me to call it as I see it; been voicing my opinion for many many year and long long before blogging) you here acting while you collecting to blog for VIP(continue to make your voice heard because your opinion matters) next election remember you voting for NDP(spread the word) have a safe and wonderful holidays(Jesus love you)
    • voiceofthevoicelss (19/12/2016, 09:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @qc I don't think he is a paid NDP blogger just a supporter blinded by his loyalty to his party. The facts are clear:
      5 years and counting and no independent audit of our finances so you should understand why we have a serious cash flow problem. 2 years now the budget is late on arrival and basically it becomes irrelevant without the independent audits that are supposed to tell you among other things whether or not you met your budgetary estimates.

      How can we run a country like this? I was once a NDP supporter but jumped off the wagon last election and voted just for individuals. Don't be so blinded by party loyalty that you cannot call blatant wrong a wrong.
      • wize up (19/12/2016, 10:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ voice of the voiceless: June 2015 I was simply exercising my right to vote: NDP was the best of the worst up for election(NDP was the most cohesive political party)..i openly supported the VIP for 40 years but 2015 those guys miss the mark(hopping VIP can regroup) that why I also blogged about reforming the current way government(a) conducts the people's business: one of those we vote for have to bring these issues formally before the house of assembly; all being doing is pointing out what is wrong and the wrong doing containes because there is no legislation to govern miss conduct within government or by politicians(we need strong political leadership be it NDP/PPP/VIP/PAP any which "P"(have a safe and wonderful holiday) at the end of the day we need each other
  • Doc time to get serious. (19/12/2016, 02:33) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Just give us some ministerial shuffle. Try something new.. Start with. Labour--Health---Agriculture. But we can't put a Doctor who works in the Health system to be in charge of the system.. Put Myron in Health and Picko education.. Put Marlon in Labour and Agriculture.. NDP is better than VIP any day. Just make the shuffle and the country will be OK... Doc u hear me... Make the shuffle.
    • Glowinthedark (19/12/2016, 09:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Make the shuffle???? They have to first get elected.... There is no this will be NDP country in 2019. P.s. i was an avid NDP supporter before. But these guys need to go
  • maytay (19/12/2016, 08:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wasn't it dj trash who erected and collecting thousand$ for those bill boards?
  • ---------------- (19/12/2016, 12:09) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    every government have SAP whats the big deal
  • zoe (19/12/2016, 14:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    They still did not answer the question truthfully bam

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