Settlement item in amendment

A $454,000 settlement of claims item was included through an amendment to the schedule of the Appropriation Bill in Finance Committee on Thursday.

Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts explained the item was as a result of court order to Dr. Astley McLaughlin.

Although the case itself was still under appeal, an agreement was in place that the claim be paid, he told the committee on Thursday.

An agreement and security was in place so that if the appeal went in favour of the government, the money would be returned, he said.

Mr. Tibbetts said the person in question had been employed by the government at the time.