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Falklands : LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY THURSDAY, 25 JULY 2013 Part 4
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.07.2013 (Article Archived on 28.08.2013)

Other Legislation





LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY THURSDAY, 25 JULY 2013



(Part 4  Other Legislation)



 



 



A meeting of legislative Assembly
took place in the Court and Assembly Chamber of the Town Hall at 0930hrs on
Thursday, 25 July 2013.  Present were the
Speaker, the Hon Mr Keith Biles, the Clerk of Assembly, Mrs Claudette Prior,
the Chief Executive, the Hon Mr Keith Padgett, the Attorney General Mr mark
Lewis, the Commander British Forces South Atlantic Islands Russell William La
Forte, CBE, MA, BA, RAF, Nicola Granger, the Financial Secretary, Mark Lewis
the Attorney General and MLAs Cheek, Elsby, Edwards, Hansen, Sawle and
Short.  MLAs Halford and Summers did not
attend.



 



 



ORDER OF THE DAY: BILLS



 



Legislation to be processed during this session
include the Minimum Wage Bill, the Labour (Advisory Board)(Repeal) Bill and the
Members Remuneration Bill.



 



The
Minimum Wage Bill had been published in the Gazette and went to a second
reading.



 



Yesterday’s
transcript contained 10 pages.  We
continue where that transcript left off with the amendment concerning the FIDF.



 



CP:  The Honourable Jan Cheek, how do
you vote?



 



JC:  Yes to the Amendment proposed by
the Chief Executive



 



The Hon Ian Hansen voted No, the
Honourable Dick Sawle voted Yes, The Honourable Roger Edwards voted No, The
Honourable Barry Elsby voted No and the Honourable Gavin Short voted No.  The Amendment failed………………………



 



GS:  Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I
wish to publically thank those Members who supported me in this position and
also the support of the FIDF.  In view of
the failure of the suggested amendment, I beg to move that the heading to
Paragraph 3 be corrected by omitting FIDF because the heading refers to FIDF
but the body of the text, of course, now does not.  There is a manifest error in the Heading that
I believe, may not be amended but I believe what I am moving is allowable because
it is a correction.



 



KB:  Thank you.  The Motion is that the correction as proposed
by the Honourable Gavin Short be made to schedule 2.  Is there any objection to that Motion?



 



There was no objection and the
correction to the Heading of schedule 2 was carried and will be made.



 



KP:  I beg to move that schedule 2 as
corrected by the Honourable Gavin Short be (a)scheduled to the Bill.



 



KB:  The Motion is that schedule 2 as
corrected by the Honourable Gavin Short be (a)scheduled to the Bill.  Is there any objection to the Motion?



 



There was no debate or objections
and schedule 2 as corrected by the Honourable Gavin Short became part of the
Bill and Assembly resumed.



 



KP:  Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I
beg to Move that the Bill as amended in Committee be read a 3rd time
and do pass.



 



The Honourable Dick Sawle amended
the Motion



 



KB:  The Motion is that the Bill as
amended in Committee be read a 3rd time and do pass. Is there any
objection to the Motion?



 



The Bill was read a 3rd
time and passed.



 



The
Labour Advisory Board (Repeal) Bill:



 



The Bill had been gazetted and it
went to a 2nd reading.



 



KP:  Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, this
Bill is a short and simple measure to tidy up part of the Falkland Islands’
Statute Book.  The Labour Advisory Board
Ordinance dates from 1942 and has long since ceased having a practical effect,
if indeed it ever had any.  The fact that
it is still in the Statute Book came to light in the course of work on the
Minimum Wage Bill and this is a convenient opportunity to repeal it.  I have been advised that there are procedural
reasons why the Minimum Wage Bill could not be used to do this so this short,
separate Bill has been produced and I beg to Move the Bill be given a second
reading.



 



NG:  I second the Motion.



 



GS:  Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I actually
support this.  I was surprised to be
shown it by the Administration and not the Union side.  We always knew it was there.



 



The Bill was read a second time
and dealt with by the Short Procedure (no pun intended), read a 3rd
time and passed.



 



Members’
Remuneration Bill 2013:



 



The Bill had been gazetted and it
went to a 2nd reading.



 



KP:  Mr Speaker, Honourable Members,
this Bill amends the Members’ Remuneration Ordinance with the effect that some
of the recommendations from the Legislative Assembly Pay Review Panel. The Bill
provides for members to be paid £40,000.00 per year in 12 equal instalments and
for their expenses to continue to be dealt with in accordance with existing
arrangements for the time being.  



 



The Bill further provides that
Members will be taxed on the basis that they are employees and they will be
treated as employees for the Retirement Pensions Ordinance and Falkland Islands
Pension Scheme Ordinance.  As a result,
consequential amendments are made to these ordinances. 



 



The Bill provides that at the end
of the term of the Legislative assembly a figure equivalent to 1/12th
of the annual payment will be paid to any member who decides not to stand for
re-election or was unsuccessful in being elected. 



 



The Bill also makes it clear that
failures to discharge the duties and responsibilities of a Member could result
in a Member’s pay being withheld in whole or in part and the procedure for this
is outlined in the Legislative Assembly Standing Rules and Orders.  Those standing Rules and Orders will
therefore be amended to provide a mechanism of sanctions to deal with
complaints of the failure to discharge duties and responsibilities by a
Member.  There will also be an amendment
to set out clearly what the duties and responsibilities of the Members are as
recommended in the report of the Legislative Assembly Pay Review Panel.



 



I beg to Move that the Bill be
given a second reading.



 



NG:  I second the Motion.



 



There was no debate and the Bill
was dealt with by the Short Procedure, read a 3rd time and passed.



 



 

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