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If a Member of the Legislative Assembly requires an answer from a Government Minister / Member relating to any subject or Department which he/she is responsible or which he/she is officially connected they submit written Questions to the Clerk for the Speaker’s approval. If the Speaker agrees, the questions will be placed upon a Business Paper.

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Questions 1997 — 2009/10
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The following Questions were answered by Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet during the Second Meeting of the 2011/12 Session

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 12: Is the Government negotiating or proposing to negotiate with Dart Enterprises or any Dart related entity for the sale or exchange of any Crown land in the Cayman Islands.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 13: What steps is Government taking to address the concerns identified in the Miller/Shaw Report regarding Government’s contingent liabilities.

No. 14: What recommendations from the Miller/Shaw Report are being implemented by the Government.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister of Education, Training and Employment

No. 15: How much has been spent on the construction of the new John Gray and Clifton Hunter campuses since May, 2009.

No. 16: What is the scope of the current construction management contract relating to new John Gray and Clifton Hunter campuses –

  1. On what basis is the construction management company being remunerated; and
  2. How much has been paid to the construction management company so far.

No. 17: What is the status of the legal proceedings commenced by Tom Jones International against the Government for breach of contract arising from the contracts to construct the Clifton Hunter and John Gray School campuses.

No. 18: What provision is being made to provide lunch and other snacks to students and staff at the new John Gray and Clifton Hunter School campuses.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture

No. 19: What are Government’s plans for relocation of the government land fill and/or waste management facilities.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture

No. 20: How many miles of public road have been resurfaced with asphalt in Cayman Brac in 2010/11 and at what cost.

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the State Opening and Budget Meeting 2011/12 Session

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 1: Is the Government prepared to hold a referendum on whether major dredging should be permitted within the North Sound.

No. 2:Has the Government commissioned an Environmental Impact Study on the likely effects of major dredging, the widening and deepening of the channels into the North Sound and the creation of artificial islands within the North Sound.

No. 3:Has the Government agreed or is it presently negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding or other agreement involving dredging or other development of the North Sound.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 4:What were the terms and conditions under which the Government received loans totalling $128 million from Cohen and Co., LLC over the course of the 2010/2011 financial year.

No. 5: Now that the Government has terminated the Framework Agreement with GLF for the development of a cruise-ship port in George Town, what are Government’s plans to provide improved cruise-ship berthing facilities in Grand Cayman.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 6: What is the Government’s policy regarding public access to the foreshore and beaches in the Cayman Islands.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 7: Why has the Ministry of Finance decided not to produce financial reports for the 2008/2009 financial year.

No. 8: Is the Government still supporting the proposed development of a port in East End by Mr Joseph Imparato and/or entities owned by or controlled by him or in which he has interests.

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the Third Meeting of the 2010-11 Session

The First Elected Member for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development
No. 4: To provide an update on the current status of derelict tourism properties specifically to the Hyatt and the Divi Tiara Beach hotels.

Answer: Madam Speaker, the current status of derelict tourism properties is right where the previous Administration left it, of which the First Member from Cayman Brac & Little Cayman was part of for four years, still derelict.

Having said that Madam Speaker, in relation to the derelict condition of the Hyatt hotel, my Ministry has been in communication with the owner of the property prior to and since the Planning Law was amended in July this year. The Chief Officer for Tourism & Development is to schedule a meeting with the owner to ascertain his intentions regarding the rehabilitation of the property. Once that has been determined, an action plan will be developed and I will advise the public of that plan.

In relation to the derelict condition of the Divi Tiara Beach hotel, the Honourable Member for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, should recall that during the debate of the amendment to the Planning Law it relates only to zones and not properties, therefore, this amendment is not applicable to the Divi Tiara Beach hotel, because there is no zoning on the Sister Islands. We are, however, trying to find a solution to that problem.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister of Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture
No. 5: What is the status of the proposed Healthcare project proposed by Dr. Shetty, and is Government still committed to the venture?

Answer: Madam Speaker, I can confidently say that both the Cayman Islands Government and Dr. Shetty’s group are working diligently to move the project forward. Dr. Shetty and the Government both remain firmly committed to the venture.

As Members will be aware, the agreement between Dr. Shetty and the Government include several commitments by Government, a number of which are “conditions precedent,” including:

  • A review of the Health Practice Law to put in place the necessary framework to recognise and register Indian-qualified healthcare practitioners as well as to introduce an amendment to provide exclusivity for large scale medical tourism for a period of time;
  • A review of the current legislative framework, and amendments to same, to facilitate organ and tissue importation and transplant; and
  • A review of the tort legislation to put a cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice. Madam Speaker – I should note here that the cap which is being sought will cap non-economic (or so-called pain and suffering) awards, there is no intention by Government to cap economic awards such as out of pocket expenses, cost of future care, loss of income, etc.

Madam Speaker, my Ministry has been working with our public and private sector partners to meet our commitments under the agreement with Dr. Shetty. A stakeholder committee has been working on the review of the Health Practice Law. Some preliminary amendments to that law are currently being considered by Cabinet and will be tabled in this Honourable House in the next few weeks.

The Law Reform Commission has researched and prepared a position paper on Tort Reform, which is currently out for public review and comment. I would like to take this opportunity, Madam Speaker, to encourage all stakeholders, including the health care practitioners and insurance providers to take the opportunity to review and provide comment on the Law Reform Commission’s report.

Members will be aware of the Private Member’s Motion brought by the Fourth Elected Member for George Town regarding organ and tissue transplants. Mr. Solomon is currently chairing a committee, under my Ministry, which is working diligently to prepare a report outlining the necessary amendments and new legislation to create the framework to enable the Cayman Islands to participate in organ and tissue donation and transplant. The scope of the work being done by this committee extends beyond the undertakings in the agreement with Dr. Shetty, including review and advice on the creation of an organ donor programme, membership in an organ donor network, and the administrative capacity required to ensure that ethical, medical, and legal best practices are followed.

With regards to the development of the facility, we are in regular contact with Dr. Shetty’s team here in Cayman, and we have been advised that Dr. Shetty’s team has identified a short list of potential sites for the project, which they are currently investigating in order to assess each site’s feasibility prior to finalising their site selection. It is my understanding that they have been working on the design for the first phase of the project, which is a 150 bed tertiary care hospital, and once the site is selected they will be able to finalise their design and site plan.

It should be noted that final site selection and acquisition is contingent upon satisfying the conditions precedent that were detailed earlier and thus the reason that Government is diligently working to fulfil our commitments.

Madam Speaker, I believe I can say with confidence and based on my discussions with Dr. Shetty and his local team, that he still remains fully committed to proceeding with all the phases of the project, including an integrated hospital and medical university and assisted-living facility. Similarly, Government remains fully committed to this project, which we see as an important and integral component in not only creating a medical tourism industry in the Cayman Islands, but also increasing local access to tertiary care.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development
No. 6: What is the progress on the Cruise Ship Redevelopment Project in George Town?

Answer: Madam Speaker, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Decco Ltd, Government of the Cayman Islands and the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands on 15th April 2010, as the initial step to provide cruise berthing facilities in George Town.

The Frame Work Agreement is currently being negotiated, and this involves negotiations and commitments from the Cruise Lines.

We have kept the public and the opposition informed of the progress made to date through public statements and presentations and we will continue to do so.

No. 7: Is Government still considering selling or leasing the Crown's property, including the Queen's Bottom (seabed), which will be utilized for the Cruise Ship Port Redevelopment Project in George Town, and if so, on what terms?

Answer: Madam Speaker, the Frame Work Agreement will layout the initial structure for the construction of Cruise Berthing Facilities in George Town. Subsequently, the definitive agreements to be negotiated will define the details and scope of the project.

No. 8: Is the Government in negotiations with Joseph Imparato to develop a port facility in the district of East End, in particular, the High Rock area?

Answer: Madam Speaker, the Government is aware of certain proposed developments by Mr. Imparato in relation to a port project in the district of East End. The public has been made aware of the details of the proposed project, through the efforts of Mr. Imparato himself. Having been well ventilated in the public domain, there is neither the need nor any obligation to go any further into that.

The Government has had discussions with the proposed developer, however, until a proper business plan is presented, negotiations will not commence.

Madam Speaker, should the Government at that stage continue to believe, as it does now, that this project has the potential to be a significant net benefit to the district of East End and the Cayman Islands on the whole, we will certainly then fully embrace it, and keep the public fully informed.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Second Official Member for the Portfolio of Legal Affairs
No. 9: How many non-Caymanian lawyers have been admitted to the Cayman Islands Bar since 1st January, 2005.

Answer: The Clerk of the Courts was consulted and his reply to the Parliamentary Question was, “I advise, firstly, that we do not keep this statistic; however, we are able to roughly estimate the number of non-Caymanian Attorneys admitted since 1st January 2005 to date as 368.”.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Second Official Member for the Portfolio of Legal Affairs
No. 10: How many Caymanians with the requisite legal qualifications are currently seeking articles of clerkship and of those, how many qualified at the Cayman Islands Law School and how many elsewhere.

Answer: Statistics compiled by the Caymanian Bar Association and recently updated by the Cayman Islands Law School indicate that there are currently eleven (11) persons with the requisite legal qualifications seeking articles of clerkship. Of these eleven, all are Caymanians, including those with status and all are recent graduates of the Cayman Islands Law School.

The Elected Member for North Side to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture
No. 11: To state –

  1. What level of mould was found in the North Side Civic Centre;
  2. What was the cost of the mould remediation;
  3. How was the tender process handled; and
  4. What was the amount of the bid of the unsuccessful bidder(s).

Answer:

  1. The Report on Indoor Air Quality produced by the Environmental Health Laboratory of the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) found “very high levels of mould spores in the women’s changing room” and “significant” amounts of mould on other surfaces;
  2. The cost of the mould remediation was $14,872.00;
  3. On behalf of the client, Lands and Survey Department, Public Works Department invited quotations from three firms to provide the remediation services that were specified in the Department of Environmental Health report on indoor air quality. The invitation required that these firms submit copies of their credentials in mould abatement for employees and supervisors who would be employed on the project. The contract was awarded to the lowest bid meeting the qualification requirements; and
  4. Three quotations were received. One quotation was not considered as the firm did not possess the necessary mould abatement credentials for employees. The two quotations received which met the qualification requirement were:
    • $14,872.00 and
    • 14,920.

    The contract was awarded to the lowest of these two quotations.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Deputy Governor, the Honourable First Official Member responsible for Internal and External Affairs and the Civil Service

No. 12: What steps have the Government taken to prepare for the implementation in November 2012 and November 2013 of Part 1 of the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities contain in the Cayman Islands 2009 Constitution?

ANSWER:

Madam Speaker, the Government has already started its preparations for the implementation of the Bill of Rights. On the 4th and 5th March 2010, a series of lectures were held entitled “Managing the Incorporation of Human Rights” given by a human rights expert, Dr. Claire De Than, who is a Senior Lecturer in Law, City Law School, London, and author of books on human rights. The lectures covered human rights in law enforcement, civil law application in human rights and criminal law application. These lectures were attended by the legal department, the police and other civil servants. The costs associated with this training were split between the CI Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The costs absorbed by the CI Government totalled $1,128.

Further human rights training has been provided by the Commonwealth Foundation in partnership with the Commonwealth Legal Education Association and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. The costs associated with this training were absorbed in full by the Commonwealth Foundation. This took place over four days in September and included a general overview of human rights, human rights in policy making and practice, human rights targeted at Police and Prisons, treaty body reporting, role of community based organisations, court remedies and enforcement of human rights, rights in education, treatment of children and the role of the media in reporting on rights and freedom of expression.

We have 24 months to prepare the public service, and I have established a group to develop an implementation strategy and plan. This was the approach that was used successfully for the implementation of Part 1 of the constitution.

The Group consists of members the Portfolio of Legal Services, Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs, the Governor’s Office, Portfolio of the Civil Service and other technical expertise as required. The Group will be chaired by my Strategic Adviser and supported by the Commissions Secretariat.

The impact of section 19 on the way Government carries on its business is very significant. It states, and I quote:

“All decisions and acts of public officials must be lawful, rational, proportionate and procedurally fair. Every person whose interests have been adversely affected by such a decision or act has the right to request and be given written reasons for that decision or act”.

The impact is mainly in four specific areas:-

Firstly, legislation and regulations (existing and new) have to be made compliant with the bill of rights. Legal drafting will be heavily involved in this activity and in addition, public servants will need to be trained in these revised laws. The Portfolio of Legal Affairs will need to equip itself to defend the Government in alleged human rights infringements and to provide expert advice to the civil service on an as needed basis.

The Human Rights Commission has extended an offer to the Cabinet to review any existing or draft legislation which is believed to have any human rights implications for compliance with the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities. To date it has reviewed nine such pieces of legislation at no direct cost to the Government.

Secondly, the bill of rights says that the decisions and actions of all public servants must be rational and proportionate. These areas are more difficult to deal with as they affect the way in which public servants carry out their duties. Training in scenarios has to be carried out as well as exposure of public servants to relevant cases in other jurisdictions to help educate them to make the right judgement calls. These scenarios will be incorporated in the mandatory training which I shall expand on shortly.

Thirdly, public servants have to be “procedurally fair”. This will require a review of all government policies, processes and procedures by the respective Chief Officers and Heads of Departments. The Strategic Implementation Group will provide the necessary support and assistance by providing a best practices guide to reviewing for human rights implications. The ones most at risk are those that are arbitrary or blanket policies that do not take into account individual rights.

Fourthly, public officials are going to be required to keep written records of their decisions as required by section 19 (2) of the bill of rights, this will also require training to ensure that record keeping can support actions and decisions made.

The Group will implement a training schedule in which every civil servant will be mandated to attend. The training sessions will cover a general introduction to human rights and specifically the Bill of Rights, Freedom and Responsibilities plus more specific training to individual groups that are more on the front line such as police, immigration, prison, customs and health care. This training will include situational examples and scenarios. Trainings will last anywhere from 2-4 hours in duration depending on the agency to which the training is being delivered and will resemble the mandatory training that was rolled out to all civil servants on the Freedom of Information Law.

The group is also exploring the possibility of utilising technical expertise from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Foundation. The Civil Service College is currently researching the possibility of providing on line training to all civil servants, so that training can be brought to the desktop. The cost for providing these trainings is expected to be approximately $50,000. However, it is hoped to gain some pro bono technical assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat.

In addition to the conduct of public officials, the Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities also stipulates how the Government should treat prisoners. We have just under three years to comply with segregation of juvenile prisoners from adult prisoners and convicted prisoners from remand prisoners. These will involve a degree of capital expenditure for infrastructure.

The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs are already planning for this; their draft Strategic Plan for the Prison Services includes the necessary plans to address the separation of remand from convicted prisoners. The estimated cost for building a separate unit to house approximately 50 remand prisoners is $5.5 million.

Further, the separation of juvenile and adult prisoners will be facilitated by the construction of a youth facility which is now in the planning stage under the auspices of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing. The estimated cost for the construction of a youth facility is $6.3 million. The Ministry’s 10/11 budget includes an allocation of $0.3 million and it is anticipated that there will be allocations of $4.5 million in the 11/12 budget and $1.5 million in the 12/13 budget to allow for the completion of this facility. It should be noted that these costs do not include those related to staffing which causes further implications as the necessary staff are considered specialist staff that would be filling newly created positions.

Additionally it is important to note that the various Commissions/Committees established under the Constitution are all functioning with the exception of Advisory District Councils, legislation for which is currently before this Honourable House.

The Commissions Secretariat is almost fully staffed and is providing analytical and administrative support to these Commissions to ensure they are able to fulfil their constitutional mandates. It is envisioned that the Secretariat will continue to develop as it takes on the supporting role to even more Commissions/Committees in the coming years. The approximate cost of the Secretariat for the 10/11 budget year, including costs associated with the Commissions it supports, amounted to approx. $535,000 although with the additional trainings and preparation needed to support the Constitution, as well as the inheritance of the Anti-Corruption Commission as a fifth responsibility the budget is expected to increase in 11/12.

The Secretariat hosted Constitution Week for the first time this year and spent the week educating the general public about the Constitution at a cost of approximately $5000. They also spearhead a monthly show on Talk Today to discuss the Constitution.

This is a yearlong project in which each part of the Constitution will be highlighted. The Secretariat also organized for the first time, the public recognition of International Human Rights Day in the Cayman Islands on 10 December, 2010. Costs for this event were approximately $1000.

The Commission for Standards in Public Life have produced their first six-monthly report, which I laid in this Honourable House recently. The Constitutional Commission recently released their first report to the general public and the Human Rights Commission is on track to produce their first report to this Honourable House in January 2011. The Electoral Boundary Commission has already been disbanded after completing their constitutional mandate. The draft order by the Governor will eventually be laid by the Honourable Premier before this Honourable House for its approval. This draft order will give effect, whether with or without modifications, to the recommendations contained in the EBC’s report.

Madam Speaker, in summary, there are significant challenges ahead for the public service, not only in reviewing our legislation and ensuring new legislation is human rights compliant but in ensuring that the policy and procedures we adopt in the public service are also in line with human rights.

Training and sensitising public servants so that they understand their responsibilities contained in the Bill of Rights is critical to ensure that public servants do not make decisions that are incompatible with our Bill of Rights and those human rights treaties that have been extended to the Cayman Islands, which could expose the government to the risk of litigation.

In summary, Madam Speaker, comprehensive steps are being taken at considerable costs (approximately $12M in capital and over $1M p.a. in recurrent) to fulfil the requirements of the C.I. Constitution Order 2009.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Deputy Governor, the Honourable First Official Member responsible for Internal and External Affairs and the Civil Service

No. 13: What is the Government’s timetable to address the outstanding matters currently preventing the implementation of all sections of the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009.

ANSWER:

Madam Speaker, the timetable for implementing all remaining sections extends over the next 33 months.

The next issue to be dealt with is the appointment of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The Attorney General and the Deputy Governor’s Office have developed a job description for the new post, the job evaluation has been carried out and, subject to funding, the position will be advertised in the next two-three months.

Members will be aware that the Judicial and Legal Services Commission will advise the Governor on this appointment. This Commission has been established and has held their first meeting and are now finalising their policy and procedures manual and are in the process of drafting a law to underpin their operations.

The position of DPP has been assessed at grade D, salary range $105,696 - $125,640. It is anticipated that the successful applicant would not take up the role of DPP until the later part of the 10/11 fiscal year and as such the budgetary implications are minimal at this time (approximately $50k).

The budget allocation in the Strategic Policy Statement for the 2011/12 financial year for the Office of the DPP is $2.85 million which is made up of the existing cost of running the prosecution services of $2.6million plus an additional $0.250million for the salary of the DPP, a secretary and other costs and expenses of operating the office.

Once the DPP is in place, the reorganisation of the Portfolio of Legal Affairs, to effect the independence of the prosecution service, will need to take place and as such will be reflected in the 2011/12 budget. This exercise will be coordinated by the Attorney General who will need to rely heavily on the Portfolio of the Civil Service in re-evaluating the job descriptions and salary scales of affected posts to ensure they are reflective of the change in duties.

The second major outstanding issue to be dealt with is the implementation of the Bill of Rights, Responsibilities and Freedoms. While I addressed this in some detail in response to another question from the same Member, the key points worth repeating are that:

  1. To ensure compliance of all Civil Servants with the Bill of Rights in terms of their day to day work (gaining a basic understanding of human rights as a whole, making appropriate judgements on how to deal with matters and recording those decisions/actions), training will take place over the next twelve to eighteen months.
  2. The review of all of Government’s policies, processes, procedures and legislation will take place primarily over the next twenty-one months but this will be an ongoing process.

The third major outstanding issues to be dealt with are those identified in the first report of the Constitutional Commission which includes:

  1. Updating the Guide to the Operations of the Cabinet to reflect the provisions of the new Constitution ;
  2. Updating the Standing Orders of this Honourable House to reflect the provisions of the new Constitution;
  3. The creation of legislation for holding People Initiated Referendums;
  4. The laying of the draft order by the Governor in relation to the Electoral Boundaries Report to give effect, whether with or without modifications, to the recommendations contained in the said report; and
  5. The creation of Advisory District Councils, for which the government has recently circulated draft legislation, and which is currently before this Honourable House.

Madam Speaker, it should be clear to all persons that the Government is working diligently towards ensuring the implementation of all of the provisions of the C.I. Constitution Order 2009. I will keep this Honourable House informed of progress.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister of Education, Training and Employment

No. 14: What is the present estimated rate of unemployment in the Cayman Islands and how many persons are registered with the Department of Employment relations as seeking employment.

ANSWER:

The present estimated rate of unemployment in the Cayman Islands is: 9.9%.

At present 2,417 people are registered with the Department of employment Relations (“DER”) of them 977 are registered as unemployed.

It should be noted that the Economics and Statistics Office (“ESO”) are responsible for estimating unemployment and all major statistics in the country. While they use the DER data as part of the information gathered to arrive at their estimate it is not the DER’s function to estimate unemployment.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister of Education, Training and Employment

No. 15: When will the construction on the new Clifton Hunter and John Gray campuses recommence and what is the projected date of completion of each.

ANSWER:

Construction on both the Clifton Hunter High School and John Gray High School campuses has recommenced.

As announced by the Premier during the Budget Meeting of the House these projects are being completed on a phasing approach. Clifton Hunter High School is the first priority and therefore will receive the greatest focus with John Gray High School to be completed over the next fiscal years.

The estimated completion date for the Clifton Hunter High School is September/December, 2011 and John Gray High School September, 2012/13.

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the Second Meeting of the 2010-11 Session.

The First Elected Member for George Town to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development
No. 1: When was the last actuarial review done for the Public Service Pensions Plan?

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister of Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 2: Is the Government collecting all of the deferred payments and customs duties as they become payable in accordance with the terms of various agreements made from time to time between Government and certain property developers and/or entrepreneurs and/or other persons or entities?

No. 3: Is the Government considering further reductions in the salaries and/or benefits of public servants?

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the Fourth Meeting of the 2009/10 Session.

The Elected Member for North Side to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 16: What are the Board’s certified clinical specialties of the current Medical Director for the Health Services Authority and how many clinical hours per week does his contract require him to work in this or these clinical specialties.

No. 17: What special post graduate qualifications in management or administration the current Medical Director has that the Health Services Authority requires.

No. 18: What are the improvements, both in clinical and administrative procedures that the current Medical Director has successfully implemented during his first contract.

No. 19: Has the current Medical Director been directly involved in the dismissal of an Emergency Medical Technician at the Health Services Authority as a result of the only reported death of a patient with the H1N1 virus.

No. 20: Has the current Medical Director’s contract been renewed without the position being advertised.

No. 21: How many years experience did the current Medical Director for the Health Services Authority have as a Medical Director or Chief of Staff before he was hired by the Health Services Authority.

The Elected Member for North Side to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 22: Has the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company Board received a contract from Baptist Health System to partner or act as its Third Party Administrator prior to CINICO advertising for a TPA or issuing a “Request for Proposal”.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 23: What is the current policy of the Health Services Authority regarding recruitment of returning Caymanian medical professionals.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 24: What are the present arrangements for the maintenance of all Government sports facilities, and in particular, the playing fields.

The Elected Member for North Side to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health, Environment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 25: How many new positions were created in the Cayman Islands Civil Service to implement the Public Management and Finance Law; what each position is paid and what has been the total cost in salaries for the duration of the Law.

The Elected Member for North Side to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 26: Does the Planning Department intend to pursue the three hundred foot buffer/protected zone that is proposed with the support of the Department of Environment around Malportas Pond in North Side.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 27: What are the lending guidelines of the Cayman Islands Development Bank?

The First Elected Member for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman to ask the Premier, the Honourable Member responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 28: To give an update on the required upgrades necessary at the Gerrard Smith International Airport to facilitate outgoing international flights from Cayman Brac.

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the Third Meeting of the 2009/10 Session.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No. 5 What are the plans for the use of the ground floor of the James Manoah Bodden Civil Centre in Bodden Town.

No. 6 To give an update on the proposal remedial works to alleviate the flooding in Cumber Avenue.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No 7. Is the Government considering merging the National Roads Authority and the Public Works Department.

The Third Elected Member from George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development.

No. 8: To provide the revenue and operational expenditure figures for core government from 1st July 2009 to 31st December 2009.

The Elected Member from North Side to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development.

No. 9: How much has it cost the Cayman Islands Government to purchase, train and implement the Public Management and Finance Law.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No. 10: Has the Government awarded a contract for the disposal of scrap metal from the dump. If yes, to whom and at what price.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Community Affairs and Housing

No. 11: How many adoption applications are before the Adoption Board, broken down by years.

The Elected Member for North Side to ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 12: How many quarterly reports, annual reports, annual accounts and audited annual accounts have been produced and tabled in the Legislative Assembly as required by the Public Management and Finance Law since it has been enacted.

The Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for George Town ask the Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for Finance, Tourism and Development

No. 13:

  1. How many different tours are sold at Boatswain Beach and their description.
  2. How many tickets are sold for each of these tours annually.

The Elected Member for East End to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No. 14: Is the Government in discussions for the sale of garbage disposal. If yes, with whom.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Deputy Premier, the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No. 15: To give an update on the proposed completion of the purchased of Lower Valley, Block 32 Parcel 40 (Estate of Lannamon Stacy Watler).

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the First Meeting of the 2009/10 Session.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No. 1: Is there an alternate location planned for the launching ramp and dock which was proposed as part of the Coe Wood Beach redevelopment project.

The Second Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs

No. 2: Why has the Government stopped the redevelopment project for the Coe Wood Beach, and what is the new plan to encourage and facilitate new small businesses in the District of Bodden Town.

First Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Community Affairs and Housing

No. 3: What is the Government’s policy regarding the National Housing Trust’s Affordable Housing programmes.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training and Employment

No. 4: What is the Government’s policy regarding continued implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes at Primary and Secondary level.

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the Second Meeting of the 2008/09 Session.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 2: To say if the Government still intends to build the Clifton Hunter High School and the Beulah Smith High School in addition to the re-development of the John Gray High School and in what time frame.

The Third Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 3: What is the status of the plans for the proposed new High Schools.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 4: If the George Hicks and John Gray Schools will have Principals in place for the next school year.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 5: To say if the Government has cut back on the grants to private and pre-schools and, if so, will the Government consider making provision in the 2007/2008 Budget for an increase to them in the new year.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture

No. 6: To say what are the present polices and future plans for restructuring the Employment Office to enhance the placement of unemployed persons in order to secure employment for those seeking a job to earn a living wage.

No. 7: To explain in detail the architectural designs and physical plan for the new George Town Primary School.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Second Official Member responsible for Legal Administration

No. 8: To say if there are any law suits outstanding against the Government and, if so, to say how many and the reasons.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce

No. 9: Will the Honourable Minister say how much did the Tourism Department spend to assist Spirit Airline to launch the Cayman Route.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable First Official Member responsible for Internal and External Affairs and the Portfolio of the Civil Service

No. 10: To outline the role of the people’s elected representatives in hurricane preparedness to include district assessment and monitoring, before and after hurricanes and availability of resources i.e. transport, relief and meeting the people’s needs.

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet were answered during the State Opening and First Meeting of the 2008/09 Session. For the full text, please refer to "Parliamentary Questions" (listed numerically and by category) in the Index to the Official Hansard Report.

The Third Elected Member for Bodden Town to ask the Honourable Leader of Government Business, the Minister responsible for the Ministry of District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing.

No. 1: How many families and other persons are living in trailer homes and where are they located.