Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday said the Opposition was unnecessarily delaying the House of Representatives’ Standing Finance Committee’s examination of the 2017/2018 Budget. Rowley made this observation as the committee began this exercise at Tower D of the Port-of-Spain International Waterfront Centre. He told Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George, “I noticed a number of questions that have been entertained, have nothing to do with the budget.”
Referring to a question raised by Couva South MP Rudranath Indarsingh about negotiations at the Airports Authority, Rowley said, “That is not a budgetary matter.” Annisette-George indicated there was agreement for the committee to stop at 8 pm or examine eight heads of expenditure. Rowley said this meant MPs could sit up until midnight and then return at 10 am today to continue the meeting.
The committee has a maximum of five days to complete its review of 40 heads of expenditure in the budget.