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Meeting 4

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. 1: To say how did the Minister come about the decision to remove the cargo port.
  • No. 2: To say what was the loss, if any, before subsidy of Cayman Airways Ltd. for 2006 and 2007, and when will the accounts be tabled in the Legislative Assembly.
  • 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. 3: What was the cost of the 2007 compared to the 2008 Heroes Day celebration, giving a break down of cost for:
    • printed material;
    • Andro Equipment rental; and
    • other costs.
  • The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay, to ask the Honourable Leader of Government Business and Minister responsible for District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing

  • No. 4: There has been a review and re-valuing of the Government property remaining on the Benson Greenall Estate. Can the Minister say:
    • how much of the property and leases have been re-valued;
    • how many new leases have been granted; and
    • who renegotiated the new leases.
  • No. 5: To say how much was paid for printing services such as various books, stationary and documents including the Constitutional review documents and advertising, since May 2005 to present.
  • No. 6: To say:-
    • who printed the Mid-Term Report which was tabled on Monday 10th December, 2007;
    • what was the cost of the production including the printing of it;
    • was Government Information Services’ staff used to produce any of the Reports; and
    • how many copies were printed.
  • The Fourth Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health and Human Services

  • No. 7: What safeguards are in place under the Government’s financial assistance programme to ensure that money collected by others on behalf of recipients is used for the recipient’s benefit.
  • The Fourth Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable First Official Member responsible for the Portfolio of Internal and External affairs and Portfolio of the Civil Service

  • No. 8: What is the policy regarding work permit holders adding dependents to their work permits.
  • The Second Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce

  • No. 9: Does Cayman Airways Ltd. owe any monies to the Cayman Islands Airport Authority and, if yes, how much and what is the aging of these amounts.
  • The Second Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Youth, Sports and Culture

  • No. 10: Has the long standing practice of using locals for cleaning service at some Government Schools been ceased and, if so, what is the alternative.

No. 8: To say if fuel prices have regularised since the implementation of price billboards.

Meeting 3

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Leader of Government Business, the Minister responsible for District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing

No. 1: Why his promise in 2005 to change the Speaker after 18 months has not taken place.

No. 2: To give an update on the progress on the sale of the Court Road National Housing Trust property announced in February 2007 by the Honourable Leader of Government Business.

The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Third Official Member responsible for Finance and Economics

No. 3: To give the Government’s financial position as at 30th September 2007 with the following information:-

  1. balances in each central Government bank account;
  2. overdrafts;
  3. current loans outstanding;
  4. any transactions in or out of the General Reserve Fund.

The Fourth Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Communications, Works and Infrastructure

No. 4: Are there any sub-contractors who provided services to Matrix who have not been paid and, if so, will the Government provide compensation to those contractors.

No. 5: To say what is the status of the scrap metal removal contract with Matrix in regard to the $1.2 million Government is to receive for the scrap metal.

The Fourth Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable First Official Member responsible for Internal and External Affairs and the Portfolio of the Civil Service

No. 6: To say:

  1. what was the total number of Civil Servants in May 2005;
  2. what is the current number of Civil Servants;
  3. how many new positions have been filled by Caymanians; and
  4. to give a break-down, by Ministry, of additional staff.

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

No. 7: To say, in regard to the operations of the Labour Department -

  1. how many applications for jobs have been processed since January 2007;
  2. of this number how many individuals have been successfully placed;
  3. how many of these placements are repeat replacements for the same individuals; and
  4. how many job waiver letters have been given by the Department since January 2007.

The Fourth Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Leader of Government Business, the Minister responsible for District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing

No. 8: To say if fuel prices have regularised since the implementation of price billboards.

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

No. 9: If the Labour Law condones not hiring pregnant women when they apply for a job.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health and Human Services

No. 10: To say what treatment is in place for children who engage in drug consumption.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce

No. 11: To outline what approaches have been made to focus on the development and sustainability of small businesses in the Cayman Islands.

The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Communications, Works and Infrastructure

No. 12: To give an analysis of income derived from garbage fees and say whether or not the income is sufficient to support proper disposal of solid waste in Cayman as well as to keep Cayman clean.

No. 13 To explain what systems are in place to ensure persons who continue to deface the Islands with litter and garbage will be dealt with judiciously.

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. 14: To say what methodology is in place to measure the effectiveness of the Work Permit Board and the Business Staffing Plan Board in ensuring that Caymanians are trained and promoted to the highest level in the work place.

No. 15: To say if there are any structured programmes in regard to reintegrating inmates in Northward Prison granted parole prior to or on release into the work force.

Questions carried forward from the State Opening & Budget Meeting of the 2007/08 Session.

  • 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. 1: To say -
    • How much has been paid to date for the renovation of Sammy's Inn;
    • What is the balance to be paid at completion; and
    • What is the time frame for occupancy by the staff of Cayman Airways Ltd.
  • 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. 2: To give the names of the companies that have rented space at the Royal Walter cruise facility, and what are the amounts being paid per month for each shop.
  • The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Third Official Member responsible for Finance and Economics
    No. 3: To say -
    • how much money the Government has paid, or is paying, to consultants, local and overseas since June, 2005; and
    • Who are the consultants and which ministries or departments or other Government entities are they working for or have worked for.

Questions carried forward from the Second Meeting of the 2007/08 Session.

  • 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. 4: Why Cayman Airways Ltd charged in excess of US$820.00 for a ticket to Miami during the evacuation due to Hurricane Dean.
    No. 5: How many people were evacuated on Cayman Airways Ltd as a result of Hurricane Dean.
  • The Third Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce
    No. 6: What are the current licensing fees charged to taxi and tour-bus operators.
    No. 7:
    • If the Director of the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm is no longer employed, would the Minister say why;
    • What is the new management structure; and
    • Is the Government considering giving the management of this facility over to an overseas company.
  • The Fourth Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Communications, Works and Infrastructure
    No. 8:
    • What is the current status of the Matrix International Contract for the removal of scrap-metal from the Cayman Islands; and
    • How much has Government received so far from Matrix.

Meeting 2

The following questions to Honourable Ministers and Members of the Cabinet have been received for the Second Meeting of the 2007/8 Session.

To Commence Friday 31st August 2007

  • The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable First Official Member responsible for Internal and External Affairs and the Portfolio of the Civil Service
    No. 1: To say how many work permits are granted each month, broken down as follows:-
    • annual;
    • temporary; and
    • renewals.
  • 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. 2: 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 Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture
    No. 3: 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 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: 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 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. 5: To say what are the plans for the provision of parking at Sammy’s Inn for the staff of Cayman Airways Ltd. and the public.
  • 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. 6: To say what was the amount paid for Sammy’s Inn and who did the valuation.
  • 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. 7: To say -
    • How much has been paid to date for the renovation of Sammy’s Inn;
    • What is the balance to be paid at completion; and
    • What is the time frame for occupancy by the staff of Cayman Airways Ltd.
  • 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. 8: To give the names of the companies that have rented space at the Royal Walter cruise facility, and what are the amounts being paid per month for each shop.
  • The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Third Official Member responsible for Finance and Economics
    No. 9: To say what is the total Government debt, including all Government entities and related companies.
  • The Honourable Leader of the Opposition, the First Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Third Official Member responsible for Finance and Economics
    No. 10: To say –
    • how much money the Government has paid, or is paying, to consultants, local and overseas since June, 2005; and
    • Who are the consultants and which ministries or departments or other Government entities are they working for or have worked for.
  • 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. 11: Will the Honourable Minister say how much did the Tourism Department spend to assist Spirit Airline to launch the Cayman Route.
  • 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. 12: 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 Communications, Works and Infrastructure
    No. 13: If any of the present road-works are being carried out on Sundays or at night and, if so, would the Honourable Minister set out the reason for doing work at such times.
    No. 14: To give the reasons for the increase in the Water Authority’s rates.
  • 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. 15: Why Cayman Airways Ltd charged in excess of US$820.00 for a ticket to Miami during the evacuation due to Hurricane Dean.
    No. 16: How many people were evacuated on Cayman Airways Ltd as a result of Hurricane Dean.
    No. 17: If the Ministry leased one of our National Heritage sites, Pedro Castle’s Restaurant, to be used as a commercial bar and, if so, what are the arrangements.
  • The Third Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture
    No. 18: What is the status of the plans for the proposed new High Schools.
  • The Third Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce
  • No. 19: What are the current licensing fees charged to taxi and tour-bus operators.
  • No. 20:
    • If the Director of the Cayman Islands Turtle Farm is no longer employed, would the Minister say why;
    • What is the new management structure; and
    • Is the Government considering giving the management of this facility over to an overseas company.
  • The Fourth Elected Member for West Bay to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Communications, Works and Infrastructure
    No. 21:
    • What is the current status of the Matrix International Contract for the removal of scrap-metal from the Cayman Islands; and
    • How much has Government received so far from Matrix.
    No. 22: If the crusher purchased by Government is in operation and, if so, can the Honourable Minister say how much revenue Government has collected from its rental.
  • The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports and Culture
    No. 23: 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. 24: To explain in detail the architectural designs and physical plan for the new George Town Primary School.
  • 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. 25: 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 Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Health and Human Services
    No. 26: To indicate the public assistance in monetary figures which is budgeted and spent by Government in assisting the needy and the vulnerable in our society.
    No. 27: To indicate when the National Assessment of Living Conditions survey will be completed for presentation to the public and what consequential actions would flow from the results.
  • The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Leader of Government Business, the Minister responsible for District Administration, Planning, Agriculture and Housing
    No. 28: In view of the predictions of the increased severity and frequency of hurricanes, could the Honourable Minister say what policies and plans are being considered to ensure that, at the time of construction of buildings, adequate storm and hurricane protection are included in the specifications.
    No. 29: If the Honourable Minister has given any considerations to instituting a programme to ensure that existing home protection plans include retrofitting of existing buildings and proper protection against hurricanes such as storm windows or shutters which could be designed and made locally.
  • The Third Elected Member for George Town to ask the Honourable Minister responsible for Communications, Works and Infrastructure
    No. 30: To give a detailed explanation of his intended plans for the revitalization of the centre of the George Town district with particular emphasis on the main streets of George Town.
    No. 31: To say what plans are being proposed to ensure proper disposal of garbage and refuse by householders to facilitate proper sanitation hygienic conditions and healthy environment in the Cayman Islands.