Letter to the editor: Parliament calling in directors of Govt. owned companies wrong

POSTED: 02/23/15 1:12 AM

Dear Editor,

Where does our Parliament get the odd perception that it can call in (supervisory) directors of government owned or controlled entities and question them in public about their conduct of business ? These entities are not accountable to Parliament and therefore under no obligation to appear in parliamentary sessions and to provide any information on that stage. They are accountable to the Council of Ministers or to the responsible minister. By the same token, the responsible minister (and nobody else) is accountable to Parliament. If we all understand and accept this, there will be no more processions of displaced persons to Wilhelminastraat or, for that matter, frustrated Members of Parliament who feel that they are left in the dark, and disrespected.

Maarten Le Poole

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