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Thursday, 09 June 2016 19:25

Ashworth issues Pre Action Protocol to Finance Minister

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TOP Leader Ashworth Jack has served Finance Minister Colm Imbert with a Pre Action Protocol for breaching the THA Act No. 40 of 1996, Section 47, which deals with the allocation of funding to the THA from the Central Government.

Section 47 of the THA Act, Chapter 25:03 states that: "Monies appropriated by the Parliament for the service of the financial year of the Assembly shall be credited to the fund in quarterly releases in advance en bloc."

However this has not been the case for the year thus far with the THA, as monies are now being released by the Central Government on a monthly basis.

Opposition party leaders in Tobago have spoken out against the breach of the Act, the most recent being Mr. Jack.

He said: "It speaks to the fact that once this is allowed to happen, any part of the Act can be infringed at any time without regard that to the fact that it had to be an act of Parliament. I also want to say that it is not the first time that this has happened."

He said if another Government had breached the Act, he's positive there would have been major outcry by the THA.

"You would have heard the Assembly, the Chief Secretary crying disrespect."

Mr. Jack said this move by the Central Government erodes the THA Act for which many have struggled.

What makes things even worse, he said, is the fact that the THA is still fighting for more autonomy even while it's being taken away.

"I'm not willing to sit back and allow the power given to Tobago to be taken back arbitrarily simply because people are of the same political organisation."

Chief Secretary Orville London recently admitted he was not comfortable with the new arrangement but said he understood the reason for it given the economic situation the country was in at the time the decision was taken.

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