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T&T Civil Aviation Authority Bill

Tuesday, May 02, 2000

Mr. Chairman: Any other contributions?

Sen. S. John: I want to support Minister Mark on this matter. I am a Member of two statutory boards and legislation prepared by the Opposition when they were in Government with respect to the National Housing Authority Board and the Environmental Management Authority Board are the same provisions which are there. So it would seem to me that the Opposition would be inconsistent in that when they were in Government they enacted legislation like this and now they are in Opposition they are objecting to it.

Sen. Dr. St. Cyr: Mr. Chairman, I suspect that we were going to make the same comment. This is however, a major policy shift away from the use of the Central Tenders Board, and it might really have been better to have brought it explicitly.

Sen. S. John: Mr. Chairman, what I have observed in the rules of these statutory bodies is that the Director of the Central Tenders Board forms part of the tenders committee.

Mr. Chairman: Sen. Prof. Spence, you wanted to say something?

Sen. Prof. Spence: I just wish that we could have an argument to the point, rather than the argument being that the other party did it so we must do it. It does not make sense to me.

Sen. S. John: What we are saying is there has been a consistent drafting of the legislation even before this administration came.

Sen. S. Baksh: Mr. Chairman, the point is really that you cannot give a private organization the autonomy to be a private organization and then ask somebody else to be responsible for developing its rules for its tendering procedures. In fact, any company that has its own interests at heart would want to be able to control all activities and that is the point generally. [Interruption]—also all other statutory organizations.

Sen. Mark: Not all, Sir.

Sen. Daly: Mr. Chairman, this is what I am trying to get clear. What is the policy with regard to statutory authorities? Are they or are they not subject to the Tenders Board?

Sen. Mark: Not all of them. As Sen. John pointed out, when these organizations or statutory bodies are drawing up their tenders rules, procedures and guidelines, inherent in that is a provision to ensure that the Director of the Central Tenders Board, or his or her representative, must sit on the tenders committee of these statutory boards or authorities.

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