Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis, says there is no danger of the Budget collapsing should the 7:50 p.m. deadline for the Standing Finance Committee come and go and not all budgetary allocations or cuts are examined. Speaking with the media today in reference to a statement made by Opposition Chief Whip Dr Roodal Moonilal that if the 7:50 pm deadline was missed tonight, there would be a collapse of the budget, Robinson-Regis said this is not possible.
She said because of the way the standing orders are written it ensures that the budget will “go through.” She added that if that were not so, then any opposition could hold a government to ransom. The parliament, she said, would not be so careless.
She said that as the time draws near, the Chairman of the Standing Finance Committee will deal with the matter effectively and ensure all the heads are examined. The examination of seventeen heads were on the cards today. Finance Minister Colm Imbert expressed concerns last week that there may not be enough time to examine all the heads.
Robinson-Regis says she believes the opposition is engaging in scare tactics because of what she says could be revealed during examination of the documents, regarding the People’s Partnership’s term in office.