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Government will have to shed some light on the alleged approval by the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) of some $1.7M for the proposed cruise pier development.
At the Thursday, July 25 sitting of the House of Assembly, Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith will be faced with some 13 questions on several projects.
Hon. Julian Fraser, Third District Representative and Opposition Member will be the only member to ask questions.
Hon. Fraser will ask of the Premier to state exactly what the close to $1.7M recently approved by the Ports Authority and intended for the Tortola Port Partners (TPP) group is for; and to provide the House with a copy of the contract between the Ports Authority and TPP group towards which the $1.7M is intended.
The Premier will also be asked whether the medical equipment for the Peebles Hospital has been tendered, who was the successful bidder, the cost of the equipment and how it is being funded.
In relation to the national sewerage project, Hon. Fraser will ask the Premier if after committing a full $40M of the $45M Banco Popular loan to the hospital project, will or did any of the remaining $5M go towards the East End/Long Look and Road Town sewerage project, considering that it represents only 1/3 of the $15M intended for that project.
The Premier will further be asked how Government intends to make up the $15M to the East End/Long Look and Road Town sewerage project.
Questions will also be asked about the amount of money Government intends to save through the implementation of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme.
"As my own assessment indicates the NHI scheme will collect annually an estimated $52M from residents as premiums for their health insurance, which as we are told is for health insurance purposes, could the Hon. Premier please state whether a recent statement made by one of his Ministers that 'government will save $22M on annual subsidy to the BVI Health Services Authority' represents a change in plans to now use this money to run the healthcare system also," Hon. Fraser will ask.
Premier Smith will also have to answer a number of questions on the finances of the country as they relate to the Reserve Fund; revenue and expenditure for April, May and June of this year; and revenue received from the Financial Services Commission from January this year to present.
Meanwhile, the Third District Representative will ask Hon. Myron Walwyn, Education and Culture Minister, two questions relating to the poor conditions for horse racing at the Ellis Thomas Downs.
At Thursday's sitting, the Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2013 and Law Revision Act 2013 will be tabled by the Attorney General, Dr. Christopher Malcolm.
There will be four motions to be debated including the no confidence motion against Government, filed by Hon. Fraser.
The Premier will through a motion to seek to have the proposed increase for passenger tax at sea ports implemented by August 1, 2013.