Saturday, July 17, 2010
Speaker reprimands PNC/R M.P for inaccurate statement on Treasury Memorandum
PNC/R MP Volda Lawrence
Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph Ramkarran has advised Members of Parliament (MPs) to consult with the Clerk, Sherlock Isaacs, or the Parliament Office before making public assertions or accusations.
This statement came subsequent to the publication of an article in the Kaieteur News in which People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) MP and Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee, Volda Lawrence, purported that the delay in issuing of the most recent Treasury Memorandum is an indication of the contemptuous nature of the Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh. The Speaker said that Lawrence is not accurate and that the Treasury Memorandum was lodged with the Clerk of the National Assembly on June 14. However, due to the fact that yesterday’s sitting was the first since that date, it could not have been laid at an earlier date.
A report on the Public Accounts Committee for the period 2004-2005 was adopted in Parliament in March.
The Committee comprises members of both sides of the House working together with one objective, which is to ensure that the funds and properties of the State are properly accounted for.