2016 Budget to showcase that country is getting value for money

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 08, 2015 (SKNIS)—Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, has indicated that the 2016 Budget presently under discussion will showcase that the country is getting value for money.
“We intend that the various ministries as we are doing now should be able to showcase to the country that the country is getting value for money in health, in education, in foreign affairs, in the Office of Justice and Legal Affairs, in every area of engagement—the Budget Committee meetings which we are now proceeding on provide at least the first in a series of preparatory exercises leading to the eventual conclusion of the budgetary process and it provides all the Cabinet Members an opportunity to have a view of what is taking place in the ministry of their colleagues which hitherto they would not have been accorded and so we could see what is happening,” Prime Minister Harris said.
Dr. Harris mentioned the fact that some of his Cabinet colleagues are new to Government.
“For first time Cabinet Members, this is a very useful exercise and indeed we must bear in mind always that the Budget in Parliamentary Democracies is seen as the most significant legislation dealing with accountability and so significant it is that usually only elected members would vote on a budgetary exercise and this is how the Westminster model works—failure to pass the Budget constitutes a vote of no confidence in the principles of Parliamentary Democracy so it brings, I believe, by way of these traditions and conventions into the fore how important and critical a Budget is,” the prime minister added.

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