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economy. The BPM will take the necessary steps to ensure that the people benefit from the growth of this industry in the state. This was one of the issues left unresolved in the aborted Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) as per the Commonwealth Report of 2000. The island is entitled to its portion of the License fees and taxes collected by Central government.

RADIO STATION

The Party will press for the establishment of a Secular Radio Station on the island. Antigua currently has nine Secular and Religious Stations within its borders. We need a Secular Station controlled by Barbudans.

HEALTH & SOCIAL WELFARE

Great progress has been made in this area over the past several years under BPM stewardship. The two most important aspects have been the establishment of a Resident Doctor, Building of a Dentistry and the sending of two persons to Train in general Medicine and Pediatric Medicine. A Registered Pharmacist will be an urgent priority for Hannah Thomas Hospital. The Party will continue to Train more persons in general Medical care and seek to extend the facilities that are available on the island.

A Day Centre for the elderly will be re-established. New services for disabled members oftl1e community will be developed by the Health Committee of Council.

TRANSPORTATION

The Party is pledged to urgently bring into operation a new system of Transportation between the island of Barbuda and Antigua. This we hope will bring the cost of transportation between the two islands to a reasonable level.

ENVIRONMENT

The BPM is committed to upholding the integrity of the environment in Barbuda. The Party will ensure that independent impact assessments studies are completed before any major projects are undertaken that could adversely affect the islands flora, fauna and eco-systems. We will abide by the world and UN conventions in this area.

TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Party will establish such a committee to further formally strengthen community participation and oversight in its activities in Council or any other forum. This committee will utilize the expertise of individuals and groups whom may be able to advise Council on a particular project, subject area or

The Party will press for the establishment of a Secular Radio Station on the island. Antigua currently has nine Secular and Religious Stations within its borders. We need a Secular Station controlled by Barbudans.

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