House Of Assembly Prorogued By Ag. Governor Mathavious


The House of Assembly was prorogued last week 22 July following a proclamation that was made by Acting Governor Robert Mathavious.

His Excellency the Acting Governor stated that the proclamation to prorogue the House was made in accordance with the advice of Premier Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith. Dr. Mathavious also noted that the House will be prorogued until the time a new session shall be appointed.

Section 83 of the Constitution states that sessions of the House of Assembly shall be held at such times and places as the Governor, acting in accordance with the advice of the Premier, may appoint by proclamation published in the Gazette.

The Constitution further states that there shall be a session of the House from time to time, so that a period of three months does not intervene between the last sitting in one session and the first sitting in the next session.

In fact the definition of prorogue is to discontinue the meetings of a legislative body without dissolving it.