Five Legislators were appointed to serve as members of the Standing Orders Committee of the House of Assembly during the Second Sitting of the First Session of the House on 14 July.
The members of the new Standing Orders Committee are — Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton who is the Chairperson, Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Delores Christopher, Third District Representative, Hon. Julian Fraser, and First District Representative, Hon. Andrew A. Fahie.
The functions of the Standing Order Committee is to consider and report on all matters relating to the Standing Orders that were referred by the House. Earlier in the same sitting (6 July) a matter that was noted as interest to a previously constituted Standing Order Committee was mentioned by Territorial At Large Representative, Hon. Archibald Christian.
Hon. Christian disclosed that former Opposition Leader, Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal suggested that the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly be amended in order to address issues surrounding questions and answers during sittings.
The At Large Representative made the disclosure in his contribution to the Motion to bestow the title of Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly on Hon. O’Neal. He said: “I served with him on the Standing Orders Committee which was chaired at that time by Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, and I remember Hon. O’Neal saying in the very first meeting that he believed that the time had come for us to make some changes to the Standing Orders.”
Hon. Christian said the suggested changes related to the number of questions that started coming up on the Order Paper, and secondly the length of time in which members of the House of Assembly were either making a contribution, making a point or debating a motion.
“Certainly Madame Speaker I am still, and I am certain that he is still of the view that it is time for us to make some of those changes to the Standing Orders. Those were some of the views that he expressed as a member of the Standing Orders Committee.”