By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader and Leader of the opposition coalition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – has thrown his support behind House Speaker Raphael Trotman and his parliamentary counterpart – The Alliance for Change (AFC) – in calls for Parliament to have its own legal department.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Granger said there is much justification in that call.
He explained that while there is a Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPA) that should be providing the services similar to what the department will provide, the opposition has been unable to secure the services of the CPC.
“The Chief Parliamentary Counsel is located in a political ministry [Legal Affairs Ministry] and sometimes the opposition is unable to secure the services,” Granger added.
He reminded that the opposition had long called for an office of Legal Counsel which he said was discussed with some international organizations.
“We have not been able to draft Bills and don’t get legal advisory support which is required in the House,” he added.
He said the calls are “quiet prudent.”
Meanwhile, Granger has reiterated his call for Parliamentary Office of Budget
“The Budget is an extremely complicated document and the absence of a budget office has hindered the opposition in preparing estimates or doing research needed to counter the government on the floor.”
While Trotman is concerned about the absence of a Budget Office, he says a legal department for the National Assembly is needed urgently.