Thursday 25 April, 2019

2019-2020 Budget Debate set to begin on March 7

Dr Nigel Clarke

Dr Nigel Clarke

The 2019-2020 Budget Debate is schedule to get under way on Thursday, March 7 with Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, scheduled to make his maiden contribution in opening the debate in the House of Representatives.

Prior to the opening of the debate, the Parliament is to be prorogued on Wednesday, February 13.

The opening of the new parliamentary year and the tabling of the Estimates of Expenditure is scheduled for the following day, February 14.

The full schedule for the 2019-2020 Budget Debate is as follows:

February 13: Prorogation of Parliament

February 14: Ceremonial opening of the Parliament and the tabling of the Estimates of Expenditure.

March 4-5: Standing Finance Committee meets to examine and approve the Estimates of Expenditure.

March 7: Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke, opens the Budget Debate

March 12: Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Mark Golding, makes his contribution to the debate.

March 14: Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips speaks.

March 19: Prime Minister Andrew Holness makes his contribution.

March 20: Dr Nigel Clarke closes the Budget Debate.

March 22: The Senate to debate the budget.

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