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Parliament approved a motion and
legislation to increase the 2012/13
national budget by more than $2.8
billion shortly before 8 am yesterday
at the end of an 18-hour sitting, which
began at 1.30 pm on Wednesday.
When the vote was taken, the eight
Opposition MPs present in the House
of Representatives voted against the
measure. It was passed with the support
of the 18 government MPs present.
In his contribution in the wee hours
of yesterday, Diego Martin Central MP
Amery Browne raised an issue of gov-
ernment lease and maintenance of a
vehicle at a cost of $1 million to trans-
port officials of the Hoop of Life ini-
"I don t know what they are using
transporting these Hoop of Life officials.
What vehicle is that? It is a lease for
$1 million," Browne said.
Browne also said he wanted to know
why the Morvant/Laventille initiative
to reduce crime did not involve any
"Spending an additional $8 million
of taxpayers money without the direct
involvement of a single NGO," he
He also spoke about an additional
$176 million for the purchase of four
helicopters. He called on Finance and
the Economy Minister Larry Howai to
provide the answers.
"We are asking for details," Browne
The former social development min-
ister also wanted to know why it was
necessary for the US to grant approval
for a project in T&T.
Browne said the project involved the
establishment of five warehouses for
the Office of Disaster Preparedness and
Management (ODPM) "to store material
to save citizens lives."
He asked: "What on earth is this
about? Why do we need (US) State
Department approval for any facility---
warehouse or otherwise---in the sov-
ereign nation of T&T?"
In winding up the debate, Howai
said he did not have all the details about
the project which required the approval
of the State Department.
He said, however, the US approval
was with respect to a donation of some
CKD kits for construction. He said that
arrangement had to be confirmed as
it was not clearly stated in the docu-
Dealing with the so-called $1 million
lease for a vehicle, Howai said the doc-
ument should refer to vehicles and not
just one vehicle.
On the proposed $10 million increase
in funding for the constitution reform
consultations hosted by the Legal Affairs
Ministry, Howai said the original cost
was was $20 million and the cost to
date was $7 million.
"The actual payment made on the
cost was $4 million," he told legislators
yesterday morning. Howai said the
Government intended to extend the
Govt gets green light for
$2.8b budget increase
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar has agreed to meet chief
secretary of the Tobago House of
Assembly (THA) Orville London
to discuss the process for the
granting of internal self-gover-
nance to Tobago and other issues
of national interest.
London had written to the Prime
Minister requesting an urgent
meeting to discuss the issue and
in her response she noted that
many of the items outlined in his
proposed agenda needed to be
addressed immediately. She asked
him to contact her office to
arrange a meeting at a mutually
convenient date and time.
Besides self-governance, the
other items London wanted to dis-
• a review of the relationship
between ministers of government
and secretaries in the assembly
• funding for the housing pro-
gramme in Tobago
• THA representation on rele-
vant national boards and commit-
• Quarterly "non-crisis" meet-
ings between the Prime Minister
• Central government collabo-
ration in the revitalisation of the
London told Wednesday s post-
executive council media briefing
it was heartening the Prime Min-
ister responded to his letter specif-
ically mentioning the granting of
He recalled that at their last
meeting in February he had rec-
ommended a process that he
thought would bring some kind
of closure to the issue and allow
them to finally have a bill that
would bring resolution.
"I am hoping that we would be
able to further this particular issue
and these discussions would take
place sooner rather than later," he
The chief secretary is also hop-
ing to meet with National Security
Minister Emmanuel George at a
Fire Service passing-out parade
tomorrow to firm up arrangements
for a meeting with National Secu-
rity units and representatives of
the assembly to discuss security
issues affecting Tobago.
George has already said he is
willing to meet with London after
discussions with acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams.
Kamla agrees to
talks with London
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