Parliament to meet today

Changes are coming to the Telecommunications Act. On the Order Paper of the House of Assembly for debate today is the Telecommunications (Amendment) Bill 2017. Prime Minister Freundel Stuart is to move the second reading of that Bill for which notice was given on November 21, 2017.

There is also the Criminal Records (Rehabilitation of Offenders) Amendment Bill, 2017 in the name of Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite. This Bill seeks, among other things, to reduce rehabilitation periods.

The aforementioned are among several items on today’s Order Paper, including a few land resolutions in the name of Minister of Housing, Lands and Rural Development, Denis Kellman. One relates to land situated in the waters off Trevor’s Way, in the City, for construction of a cruise ship pier and ancillary facilities; and another speaks to the vesting of land in Speightstown, St. Peter in the National Housing Corporation.

There are also two money resolutions up for consideration in the sum of $7.8 million and $591 067, to be introduced by Minister of Environment and Drainage, Dr. Denis Lowe and Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Freundel Stuart, respectively.

Additionally, the Lower House has also been asked to debate the Cultural Industries Development (Validation) Bill, the National Insurance and Social Security (Validation of Benefits and Contributions) Bill, the National Insurance and Social Security (Amendment) Bill. There are also two Bills in the name of Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett – the National Assistance Bill and the National Assistance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

Meanwhile, in the Order Paper, the Clico International Life Insurance Ltd (Guarantee) (Amendment) Act is listed as a bill before the House. The amendment seeks to make minor changes to the Act originally passed in 2015.

The sitting is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m.

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