LA back in, adjourns

The Legislative Assembly briefly resumed yesterday before adjourning again until 12 September.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts pointed out that for various legitimate reasons, several Members are away.

With Opposition Member and Deputy Speaker Cline Glidden acting as Speaker, the Opposition side of the House was empty.

The most important part of the business due to be handled was the Supplementary Appropriation (July to June 2005) (No.2) Bill 2005, said Mr. Tibbetts.

The government was of the view that it would not be fair, in the interests of the democratic process, to proceed with the second reading of that bill and that of the Emergency Powers (Amendment) Bill 2005 without the Opposition being there to air their views, he told the House.

Both bills were given their first readings.

Other business handled yesterday was Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson’s presentation of three reports.

They were the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority 18 month report – 1 January 2003 to 30 June 2005, the 2004 Cayman Islands compendium of statistics and the second supplementary annual plan and estimates for the government of the Cayman Islands for the financial year ended 30 June 2005.