The swearing in for the newly announced Ministers and Ministers of State will take place this afternoon June 29 at 3:00 p.m. with the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen conducting a brief ceremony at Kings House.
The changes were announced last night June 28 by Prime Minister Bruce Golding and will take effect from Friday July 1, 2011.
[ New Cabinet Changes Announced ]
The changes are:
Hon. Christopher Tufton – Minister of Industry, Investment & Commerce
Hon. Robert Montague – Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries
Hon. Delroy Chuck – Minister of Justice
Mr. Clive Mullings – Minister of Energy & Mining
Hon. Arthur Williams – Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the Public Service
Ministers of State:
Mr. Gregory Mair- Minister of State in the Ministry of Education
Dr. St. Aubyn Bartlett – Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security
Mr. Othniel Lawrence – Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport & Works
Mrs. Shahine Robinson, currently Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, will assume, in addition to her current duties, the responsibility for Local Government previously carried out by the Hon. Robert Montague.
Other changes include the transfer of responsibility for the public sector from the Ministry of Finance to the Cabinet Office and the redesignation of the Ministry of Water and Housing as the Ministry of Housing, Environment and Water. This Ministry will be headed by Dr. the Hon. Horace Chang.
With the appointment to the Cabinet of the Hon. Delroy Chuck, the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives will become vacant.
It is proposed to nominate at the next sitting of the House the Deputy Speaker, Mrs. Marissa Dalrymple-Phillipbert for election as Speaker of the House and Mr. Tarn Peralto as Deputy Speaker.
The Hon. Dwight Nelson will assume responsibility as Leader of Government Business in the Senate.
The Prime Minister has expressed appreciation to Mr. Karl Samuda and Miss Dorothy Lightbourne for their services to the Cabinet since the start of the administration.