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Parliament: Paulwell lashes latecomers
2013-06-25 15:12:52 | (0 Comments)
Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Phillip Paulwell – File
With the House of Representatives convening more than half an hour late, House Leader Phillip Paulwell chided Members of Parliament for their persistent lateness.
Stating that it was a sign of discourtesy to visitors to the Parliament, Paulwell urged MPs to be punctual for the 2 p.m. start of the House.
It has become normal for sittings of the House to commence at least 30 minutes after the scheduled start.
Paulwell suggested that the Sectoral Debate, which is currently taking place, might have contributed to members' tardiness.
He noted that the debate will end next week, and urged fellow legislators to once more get to the point where the House commences on time.
Delroy Chuck, the Leader of Opposition Business, said it was unfortunate that adults loiter outside of the Chamber rather than entering and taking their seats in order to ensure a quorum is in place for the start of sittings.
At least 16 members must be in the House for it to be convened.
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