JIS News

KINGSTON — Parliament will be prorogued on Monday, April 11, to pave the way for the colourful State Opening of the 2011/12 session on Thursday, April 14.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen, will deliver the Throne Speech outlining the Government’s plans for the new fiscal year, on Thursday, April 14, after inspecting a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Guard of Honour outside Gordon House.

This was disclosed by Minister of Education and Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Andrew Holness, Tuesday April 5. He also stated that the Estimates of Expenditure (Budget) for 2011/12, which will be tabled following the State Opening, will be reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House (which comprises all MPs) between April 19 and 21.

The 2011/12 budget debate will begin on Thursday, April 28, with the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, followed by the Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Dr. Omar Davies, on May 3.

On May 4, there will be presentations from another Cabinet Minister, as well as an Opposition Member of Parliament. Leader of the Opposition, Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, will make her presentation on May 5.

The Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding will make his contribution on May 10, and the Minister of Finance and the Public Service will conclude the debate on May 11.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has approved a carry- over motion, allowing the Joint Select Committees and Select Committees of Parliament, which have not completed their deliberations on Bills, motions and reports before them, to do so in the 2011/12 session.

Another carry- over motion was approved allowing the House of Representatives to continue deliberating Government Business items and Private Member Motions, which were not deliberated in 2010/11, in the 2011/12 fiscal year.