November 20, 2012
House will be prorogued, not dissolved – Gonsalves

Parliament has been prorogued, making way for the Appropriation Bill, scheduled to be debated in the House of Assembly next Wednesday, November 28.{{more}}

“The Honourable Attorney General has been instructed by the Cabinet for His Excellency the Governor General [Sir Frederick Ballantyne] to be advised for Parliament to be prorogued on the 20th of November,” Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said at the end of last Thursday’s sitting of the House.

“I want for persons listening … and they hear all sorts of talk about election — I don’t know where that comes from; the House will be prorogued not dissolved,” he explained.

And the intention, Gonsalves said, was that next Tuesday, the Standing Committee on finance is expected to meet to consider the 2013 Estimates and the Appropriation Bill and on Wednesday, the Third Session of the Ninth Parliament will be convened, when the 2013 Estimates will be presented.

On December 3 the Governor General will deliver the Throne Speech and Gonsalves, as Minister of Finance, will deliver the 2013 budget address, making way for the budget debate to begin, the prime minister said. (DD)