Prime Minister says interaction with parliament will continue

POSTED: 07/22/11 12:26 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams has joined in explaining that the Council of Ministers and the Parliament of St. Maarten will continue to synchronize efforts. She made specific reference to “interaction” on operational matters like hiring personnel, the handling of legislation and parking for Members of Parliament during Wednesday’s Council of Ministers press briefing.

The prime minister’s statements are also a direct response to concern by leader of the National Alliance faction William Marlin that the process to appoint parliament’s staff has not been completed on one hand and that the parliament is also still relying on the civil service to handle its finances.

“We are basically neither fish nor fowl and we continue to lean completely on the governmental administration as the people who are currently working in parliament are civil servants on loan from the government,” Marlin has said.

“In their last press briefing of the faction of the National Alliance – which I believe is partially to show that they are still there and ready to do their job – mention was made of having sent a letter to the prime minister with regards to parking. Firstly, it is no member’s responsibility or duty to send a request of that nature. A request to that effect has been set by the President of Parliament, on behalf of Parliament, and is with the department that is responsible for things like logistics and facilities and that is where it’s at in terms of trying to identify the best solution to provide Parliament or Members of Parliament with parking,” the prime minister said.

Where it comes to the hiring of personnel Wescot-Williams said, “One of things of government is the hiring of staff, specifically the formalization of that hiring. There are several legal tools. One of those is a national resolution. The only way a resolution can be passed and ratified is by the minister concerned signing it off. There is not such an instrument for Parliament.”

“There also is interaction when it comes to national ordinances because even though it is approved by Parliament, they are only brought into effect by the necessary signature and co-signatures by government and the governor,” the prime minister added.

Both of these operational instruments of government require that an advice is solicited from relevant departments before it is signed.

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