The Government has used its majority in the National Assembly’s Business Sub-Committee to shorten the time for the consideration of the budget estimates in the Committee of Supply.
That process begins today and instead of the customary five days, the government has cut the timeline down to four days, and instead of 30 minutes for the examination of the estimates for each budget agency, that time has been slashed to 10 minutes.
The decision was made last Friday as the objections and concerns of the Opposition were all ignored.
Opposition Chief Whip Christopher Jones told News Source that the new timelines are too short and will restrict the number of questions and clarifications that could be sought by the Opposition during the process.
He said the government’s move goes against all the talk about transparency and it should be condemned.