PAC report ready
Opposition leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday that the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hopes to table its interim report next week.
Davis, who chairs the PAC, said that the report details the work the PAC has done to date and the obstacles it has encountered in carrying out its functions.
“The report that has been adopted by the majority is ready,” Davis said during his monthly PLP press conference.
“The government member has indicated that he wants to consider putting in a minority report.
“So, he’s been given the opportunity to consider whether he will do that.
“We will meet on the eighth of April to formally adopt the report … [and] that it be presented to the House of Assembly … at the next sitting.
“And if the House meets next Wednesday, it will be presented then, or the next sitting after that meeting on Monday.
“So, that report will be there.”
Last month, when asked if the PAC had made any progress on its investigations, Davis said, “We have made requests for more information and we’ve been told that that information is coming and they weren’t coming.”
He said that the committee requested files and information relating to summer repairs for schools because the committee is “concerned about the discrepancy between the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance as related to what the actual deficit was at the end of 2017”.
At the time, Davis said the committee has had nothing to work with and its efforts “to get something done” have been stifled by “the lack of response from the government”.
Centreville MP Reece Chipman resigned from the PAC in January.
He said his decision was based on, among other things, a lack of action on the part of the committee.
Chipman said that in addition to this lack of action, he blamed the absence of a House approved terms of reference for the PAC and the fact that the prime minister has publicly called the PAC “functionless”.
Davis said the committee has met just four times since its members were sworn in on May 2017.
Along with Davis, other members on the PAC include Golden Gates MP Michael Foulkes, Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper and Mangrove Cay and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes.