Budget address date given

The budget address and presentation of the Appropriation Bill has been set for 7, October, Legislative Assembly was told Thursday.

Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson also told the House that the strategic policy statement for the 2005/2006 financial year would be presented to the Legislative Assembly in August.

Mr. Jefferson said the government had to have a duly approved Appropriation Law before 29 October.

Completion of the debate and an examination by Finance Committee would have to occur in sufficient time to allow the passage of the Appropriation Bill into law by that date, he added.

Mr Jefferson warned the House that to complete the work in time it would be necessary for members to sit for longer hours than normal in the House during that period.

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