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KINGSTON — The House of Representatives passed 36 pieces of legislation in the 2010/2011 parliamentary year.

This was disclosed by Leader of Government Business in the Lower House, Hon. Andrew Holness on Tuesday April 5, who said the just concluded legislative year was an active one.

He said of note was the passage of laws to facilitate the proper management of the economy.

“We passed the Credit Reporting Bill, the crime bills, the Protective Disclosure Bill; in fact we passed all laws relating to fiscal responsibility. This year was a momentous year in terms of legislation to manage the economy and then of course, we passed the Charter of Rights,” Mr. Holness said.

The House also debated 12 private members motion, and cabinet ministers answered 58 questions tabled by members of the opposition.

In his comments, Leader of Opposition Business in the Lower House, Derrick Kellier noted that sometimes, the year was “turbulent and sometimes difficult."

 “We …on this side and I am sure even the members on that side, look forward to the coming year as one that will see us lifting the standard of debate and decorum in the Parliament to ensure that John Public, who watches us very closely, are satisfied with the way we operate and control ourselves in the House,” Mr. Kellier said.

The new parliamentary year opens on Thursday, April 14 with the delivery of the Throne Speech by the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.

 

By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter