AG underscores need for Integrity Legislation
Attorney General Dale Marshall has underscored the need for the Integrity in Public Life Act in light of “recent events”.
The Chairman of the Joint Select Committee set up to discuss this legislation meeting yesterday in the Senate Chamber stated, “Recent events well known to Barbadians, have served to underscore the significance of our government grappling with corruption in the earliest and as strong as possible way”.
Reminding persons that the committee was not a commission of public inquiry, Marshall said it was a forum by which the public could give feedback on the law, noting that so far 14 written submissions had been received and seven individuals have indicated a wish to make oral presentations to the committee.
Saying that the committee would be in existence for three months, he urged the public with suggestions or concerns to make them known.
“We look forward to public participation. We still have more Barbadians to come forward and we encourage you to come forward, I would like to say in your numbers, but bearing in mind that our life is only three months, it would present a difficulty for us to hear everyone but please do submit or continue to submit your written memorandum so that we can consider them as we look at the bill. This is not a Commission of Inquiry of any kind.
“This is a select committee drawn from both houses of Parliament. Our purpose as set out in the terms of reference is to quite simply look at the bill as is drafted to see if it will achieve the purposes that are expected of it,” he stressed. (JMB)