NONE of the 18 Opposition MPs in the House of Representatives are illegally occupying any residential properties owned by the State. Opposition Whip David Lee made this statement in response to Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald's disclosure that her ministry is doing a review of many of these properties. Speaking at a news conference at the Opposition Leader's Office in Port of Spain, Lee said, "It does not affect us I don't think any of the 18 MPs that we have right now in the Opposition have any government homes." He added the same applies for opposition senators.
Lee agreed with McDonald this was a long standing problem which must be addressed. Last Friday,McDonald said there were people occupying these properties under People's National Movement, United National Congress and National Alliance for Reconstruction administrations during the last 20 years. Lee said "whoever it affects", people who are illegally occupying these properties should "move out." He added, "That's the law."