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No impediments against combined opposition reducing any budgetary allocation in 2013 budget – Basil Williams – 12th Apr 2013

parliamentShadow Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams said there are no impediments against the combined opposition reducing any budgetary allocation in the 2013 budget.

Speaking at a media briefing on Friday, Williams provided his interpretation of Chief Justice Ian Chang’s ruling on the 2012 budget cuts.

According to Williams, what the Attorney General Anil Nandlall presented in the National Assembly was designed to mislead the public.

Nandlall claimed that in his interpretation to the National Assembly that the CJ’s interim order prohibited the opposition from cutting allocations, allowing them only to disapprove or approve of estimates, but Williams said this is further from the truth.

Williams said the constitution also prohibits the drawing down of monies from the consolidated fund without Parliament’s approval.
He said the Government continues to operate in a manner that gives no credence to the role of Parliament as being a part of the Governance structure of the state and also in its adjudication public finances.

However, the Government continues to say that the opposition has no authority to cut the budget as was stated by Chief Justice in his interim ruling.

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