The National Assembly has suspended the annual recess which Members of Parliament (MPs) enjoy annually, to make provisions for the presentation of the 2015 National Budget and the consideration of the estimates of revenue and expenditure that follows.
Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge moved the motion which suspended Standing Order #9 of the Parliament.
Standing Order #9 prescribes that “unless there are special reasons for so doing, no Sitting of the National Assembly shall be held from 10th August to 10th October in any year.”
Greenidge explained that it was necessary for the government MPs to take this move so that the budget can be considered, in keeping with provisions in the Constitution.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced earlier on Thursday that he intends to present his maiden Budget on August 10.
This will be the first budget to be presented since the change of government following the May 11, 2015 regional and general elections.
The motion for the suspension of the recess occurred in the absence of the opposition People’s Progressive Party MPs who are yet to take up their seats in the House.
The Party indicated on Thursday that it will be in the House for the Budget presentation and its consideration.