Parliament has yesterday commenced scrutiny of the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016 (2017 Budget) at the Committee of Supply stage.
This follows the successful passage of the bill through the Second Reading stage.
The Second Reading Stage on the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016 commenced last Monday, 5th December 2016, when the Minister of Finance and Treasury, Hon Snyder Rini presented the principle and object of the bill for debate and concluded last Friday, 5th December 2016, when he winded up the debate on the Second Reading of the bill.
The Government through the bill is seeking the approval to expend $4.1-Billion of state funds for social services, rural infrastructure, rural development activities and key programs to provide both quality and coverage of public investments to the nation.
The Second Reading is considered the most important stage in the passage of a bill as its principle and object can either be accepted or defeated.
With the 2017 Appropriation Bill 2016 now at the Committee Supply Stage, it will be subject to detailed examination clause by clause. At this stage, the bill is voted on clause by clause as well as the schedule to the bill which contains the amounts appropriated for each head for each Ministry. Amendments can be made at this stage.