Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly held on 20th December 2016.

Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly held on 20th December 2016.

Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly held on 20th December 2016.

  1. The following papers were laid on the table:
  • Financial Secretary
  • Montserrat Financial Services Commission Audited Financial Statement for year ended 31st, December 2015;

(ii)             Performance Audit on Selected Outsourced Activities in the Montserrat Public Service.

(iii) Virement Warrant No. 3 of 2016/2017;

(iv) Montserrat Port Authority Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December, 2015;

(v) Montserrat Utilities Limited Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December, 2013;

(vi) S R & O No. 46 of 2016       Eastern Caribbean Asset Management Corporation Act 2015    

                                                     (Commencement) Order 2016;

(vii) S R & O No. 47 of 2016      Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Emerald Isle Helicopters

                                                     Ltd.) (Exemption) Order 2016;

(v) S R & O No. 48 of 2016        Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Steve Christianson)

                                                    (Exemption) Order 2016;

(vi) S R & O No. 49 of 2016      Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Sven-Gunna Andersson)

                                                    (Exemption) Order 2016;

(vii) S R & O No. 50 of 2016     Custom Duties and Consumption Tax (Reduction of Customs Duties and Consumption Tax) Christmas Barrels) Order 2016;

(b) Attorney General

S R & O No. 51 of 2016        Legal Profession (Admission to Practise) (Deirdre Joan Connolly)    (Exemption) Order 2016.

  1. The First, Second and Third Readings of the following Bill took place on 25th October 2016:

‘Supplementary Appropriation Bill No.2 of 2016’                                         

                                First Reading 20th December 2016

                   Second Reading 20th December 2016

                                  Third Reading 20th December 2016

The Bill was passed with no amendment.

  1. The Introduction and First Reading of the following Bills took place on 25th October 2016:
  1. ‘Tax Compliance (Amendment) Certificate Bill 2016’

First Reading 20th December 2016

The Bill seeks to amend the Tax Compliance Certificate Act (Cap. 17.25) (“the Act”).  Clause 3 of the Bill amends section 2 of the Act by deleting and replacing the definition of “Tax Compliance Certificate” and inserting definitions for “Income and Corporation Tax Act”, “Property Tax Act” and “Social Security Act”. Clause 4 of the Bill restructures and simplifies section 3 of the Act.  Clause 5 of the Bill amends section 4(b) of the Act by replacing “the prescribed fee” with “a fee of $20”. Clause 6 of the Bill deletes and replaces section 5 of the Act which specifies who is entitled to a Tax Compliance Certificate for a period of one year and who will be  granted a Tax Compliance Certificate for a period of three months. Clause 7 of the Bill updates Form 1 (Application for Tax Compliance Certificate) and Form 2 (Tax Compliance Certificate) in the First Schedule to the Act.  Clause 8 repeals the Second Schedule to the Act.

  1. ‘Conservation and Environmental Management (Amendment) Bill 2016’

First Reading 20th December 2016

The Bill seeks to amend the Conservation and Environmental Management Act 2014 (No. 17 of 2014) to incorporate consequential amendments that apply on the enactment of the Trade in Endangered Species Act 2016.

Clause 3 provides a definition for “Trade in Endangered Species Act”.  Clause 4 of the Bill amends section 12 of the Act. The amendment to section 12(2) extends the Director’s power to delegate to powers conferred and duties imposed under any other enactment.  Clause 5 of the Bill amends 79 of the Act. To allow for the testing of specimens covered under the Trade in Endangered Species Act 2016 at a scientific laboratory designated for the purpose by the Governor acting under the advice of Cabinet, and for the admissibility of the results of such tests as evidence in proceedings.

Bills that had their first readings can be read in their entirety at any of the following places:

Legislature Department

#1 Farara Plaza

Brades

Montserrat

Legal Department

Valley View

Brades

Montserrat

Public Library

BBC Complex

Brades

Montserrat

Government of Montserrat Website

Yours sincerely

Judith Baker (Mrs.)

 

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Summary Report of Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly held on 20th December 2016.

  1. The following papers were laid on the table:

(ii)             Performance Audit on Selected Outsourced Activities in the Montserrat Public Service.

(iii) Virement Warrant No. 3 of 2016/2017;

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(iv) Montserrat Port Authority Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December, 2015;

(v) Montserrat Utilities Limited Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December, 2013;

(vi) S R & O No. 46 of 2016       Eastern Caribbean Asset Management Corporation Act 2015    

                                                     (Commencement) Order 2016;

(vii) S R & O No. 47 of 2016      Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Emerald Isle Helicopters

                                                     Ltd.) (Exemption) Order 2016;

(v) S R & O No. 48 of 2016        Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Steve Christianson)

                                                    (Exemption) Order 2016;

(vi) S R & O No. 49 of 2016      Customs Duties and Consumption Tax (Sven-Gunna Andersson)

                                                    (Exemption) Order 2016;

(vii) S R & O No. 50 of 2016     Custom Duties and Consumption Tax (Reduction of Customs Duties and Consumption Tax) Christmas Barrels) Order 2016;

(b) Attorney General

S R & O No. 51 of 2016        Legal Profession (Admission to Practise) (Deirdre Joan Connolly)    (Exemption) Order 2016.

  1. The First, Second and Third Readings of the following Bill took place on 25th October 2016:

‘Supplementary Appropriation Bill No.2 of 2016’                                         

                                First Reading 20th December 2016

                   Second Reading 20th December 2016

                                  Third Reading 20th December 2016

The Bill was passed with no amendment.

  1. The Introduction and First Reading of the following Bills took place on 25th October 2016:
  1. ‘Tax Compliance (Amendment) Certificate Bill 2016’

First Reading 20th December 2016

The Bill seeks to amend the Tax Compliance Certificate Act (Cap. 17.25) (“the Act”).  Clause 3 of the Bill amends section 2 of the Act by deleting and replacing the definition of “Tax Compliance Certificate” and inserting definitions for “Income and Corporation Tax Act”, “Property Tax Act” and “Social Security Act”. Clause 4 of the Bill restructures and simplifies section 3 of the Act.  Clause 5 of the Bill amends section 4(b) of the Act by replacing “the prescribed fee” with “a fee of $20”. Clause 6 of the Bill deletes and replaces section 5 of the Act which specifies who is entitled to a Tax Compliance Certificate for a period of one year and who will be  granted a Tax Compliance Certificate for a period of three months. Clause 7 of the Bill updates Form 1 (Application for Tax Compliance Certificate) and Form 2 (Tax Compliance Certificate) in the First Schedule to the Act.  Clause 8 repeals the Second Schedule to the Act.

  1. ‘Conservation and Environmental Management (Amendment) Bill 2016’

First Reading 20th December 2016

The Bill seeks to amend the Conservation and Environmental Management Act 2014 (No. 17 of 2014) to incorporate consequential amendments that apply on the enactment of the Trade in Endangered Species Act 2016.

Clause 3 provides a definition for “Trade in Endangered Species Act”.  Clause 4 of the Bill amends section 12 of the Act. The amendment to section 12(2) extends the Director’s power to delegate to powers conferred and duties imposed under any other enactment.  Clause 5 of the Bill amends 79 of the Act. To allow for the testing of specimens covered under the Trade in Endangered Species Act 2016 at a scientific laboratory designated for the purpose by the Governor acting under the advice of Cabinet, and for the admissibility of the results of such tests as evidence in proceedings.

Bills that had their first readings can be read in their entirety at any of the following places:

Legislature Department

#1 Farara Plaza

Brades

Montserrat

Legal Department

Valley View

Brades

Montserrat

Public Library

BBC Complex

Brades

Montserrat

Government of Montserrat Website

Yours sincerely

Judith Baker (Mrs.)