Senate Minority leader raises strong objection to rushed debating of bills


United Progressive Party (UPP) leader Senator Harold Lovell has written to the Clerk of Parliament, Ramona Small, raising “strong objection” to the rushed debating of bills.

The Senate minority leader’s letter is dated July 13, 2017, the same day that the Credit Reporting Bill was debated in the Upper House.

In the letter, Lovell notes that a copy of the bill was circulated “less than two clear days before the meeting of the Senate.”

Lovell said he received his bill one day before the sitting.

He charged that this is a “violation of the Standing Orders.”

“I wish to place on record my strong objection to this continuing practice of rushed legislation where there is little or no time for in-depth preparation and discussion with persons who have a relevant stakeholders interest,” Lovell said.

The bill in question will be the subject of public consultations later in the year. It will create a Credit Bureau to assess the credit worthiness of individuals applying for credit.

Members of Parliament on both the government and opposition side of the House fear that the bill will make it harder for poor people to access credit.

The bill has already been passed in the Lower House.

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