At its sitting on Thursday, the House of Assembly is to consider a resolution to be moved by Minister of Finance Washington Misick to write off of carrying accounts balances for staff advances totalling $2,573,918.29 and "impaired bank balances" totalling $2,476,900.07 that relate to amounts that have not been properly accounted for in previous financial years.
According to the Order paper, on 26 June 2013 the Governor in Cabinet authorised that the House of Assembly’s approval be sought for the write off, pursuant to section 62(1) of the Public Finance Management Ordinance 2012, which provides that the minister of finance may, if so authorised by the House of Assembly, and to the extent specified in the resolution, abandon and remit any claims by or on behalf of the government and write off losses of or deficiencies in public moneys or public resources;
The House of Assembly will therefore be asked to authorise the Minister of Finance to do the following:
(a) To write off the carrying accounts balance for staff advances totalling
(b) To write off impaired bank balances totalling $2,476,900.07.
A total of 21 parliamentary questions are on the Order Paper for answers by the respective ministers:
1. Will the Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment say if the National Lottery Board is operational and will he further say whether the Board has issued any licences, and if so:
(a) what is the name of the company and its principals that hold the licence:
(b) what period was the licence issued for; and
(c) what is the current revenue sharing structure between the licensee and the government and the previous revenue structure, if any changes were made?
2. Will the Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment lay on the table the following documents:
(a) audited accounts of the licence according to Section 13.7 of the Ordinance;
(b) annual reports from the Board according to Section 9.1 of the Ordinance for all the years the National Lottery has been in existence, and
(c) the terms and conditions of the issued licence?
3. Will the Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment say if the Lottery Fund was established and if so will he further say what is the current balance; and whether the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture has been the recipient of any funds?
4. Will the Minister for Health and Human Services say what consultation was received and from whom for the upgrading works to be done on Salt Cay Clinic in this 2013/2014 budget cycle? (Question deferred from meeting of 5th September 2013)
5. Will the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture inform the House of:
(a) the policy that governs the access of the Members of the House of Assembly to government schools;
(b) will she say when was this policy agreed and adopted by Cabinet; and
(c) will she further lay the same on the table of the House?
6. Residents of Providenciales are seeing a serious increase in feral dogs and recently a resident while working in the Leeward area was attacked and bitten, will the Minister for Health and Human Services say what has her government done thus far to combat this problem in Providenciales, North Caicos and Grand Turk?
7. Will the Minister for Health and Human Services say:
(a) how much has been spent in treatment abroad since January 2013;
(b) will she further break down the amount by medical facilities and countries; and
(c) will she further say what procedure is in place to vet bills submitted and with whom lies the final authority to pay?
8. Will the Minister for Health and Human Services say how much is outstanding in payments to NHIP:
(a) will she say over which period this represents;
(b) what is the system to reconcile bank deposits with client accounts; and
(c) will she further say whether this system is up to date?
9. Will the Minister for Health and Human Services say:
(a) whether the NHIP audit has been completed and if so, when;
(b) what was the cost of this audit or cost to date; and
(c) if it is not completed will she say when will the audit be laid on the Table of the House for review by the Public Accounts Committee?
10. Will the Minister for Health and Human Services say:
(a) what is the amount paid to IHC per month;
(b) whether reconciliations are happening or ongoing between TCIG or NHIB and IHC as it relates to this payment; and
(c) will she further say what items makes up this Invoice and what has been the trend on terms of percentage of the amount on each item?
11. Recently there has been a phrase commonly used when speaking to the introduction of new taxes or the increase in new taxes “gap in revenue”, will the Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade explain what is meant by this phrase; what is this amount and what has caused this gap?
12. Will the Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade say whether it is the TCI Airports Authority intention to recruit fire fighters from overseas?
13. Will the Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade say:
(a) what is the current state of TCI Bank in liquidation;
(b) what legal measures, if any, were available to the regulator, the FSC, to prevent the order of appointing a receiver in 2010; and
(c) will he outline the steps that the regulator took to prevent the collapse of the bank?
14. Will the Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade say:
(a) whether he is aware of the events that led to the fractured nature of the relationship between the joint liquidators of Deloitte and Touche carrying out the TCI Bank liquidation and the reasons as to why the audit continued with one individual over the other with the retention of the retired individual as opposed to an active partner in the firm retained (if it is accurate that a firm was retained);
(b) if the FSC has made any presentations to Cabinet on the TCI Bank liquidation; and
(c) will he further say what is the cost of the liquidation thus far and will he say if the FSC has any estimates for the length of time that the liquidation will continue?
15. Will the Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade say:
(a) what if any are the reasons for the delay in the issuance of the liquidator’s June Report which as of August 28th had not been posted on the website of the TCI Bank in Liquidation; and
(b) will he further say what is the FSC’s position regarding the failure of the liquidator to meet the June deadline?
16. Will the Minister for Finance, Investment and Trade say what was the government’s role in the recent trade mission to Haiti and will he further say what is the government’s position as it relates to current and future trade with Haiti?
17. Will the Attorney General say:
(a) when might the people of the Turks and Caicos expect the consideration of applications made since 2006 for the transfer of Heritage Sites to the National Trust to be completed; and
(b) will she further say what is causing the delay?
18. Will the Premier and Minister for Tourism say whether his government is prepared to support a call for an investigation into the events surrounding the decision of putting TCI Bank into liquidation?
19. Will the Minister for Border Control and Labour say:
(a) what amounts have been spent since the commencement of the new financial year on detention and repatriation of illegal immigrants; and
(b) will the Minister further say what percentage of this relates to the different nationalities?
20. During the recent Budget Session, monies were allocated to carry out small contracts and/or works on the Islands of South, North and Middle Caicos.
(a) Will the Minister for Government Support Services say what will the process be in the awards of these contracts and what type works is being considered; and
(b) will the Minister further provide the House with an update on this program?
21. Will the Minister for Environment and Home Affairs say:
(a) what new policies have been created by DEMA that are now governing the new fishing season;
(b) will she say the dates these policies were approved by Cabinet and the date given effect;
(c) will she further say whether there was any consultation or public education with regards to these new policies; and
(d) will she lay copies of the said policies, if any on the table of the House.