Live Video Replay: PAC Committee Meeting

June 16, 2016

[Updated with video] The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Public Accounts will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday, 16th June 2016 at 2:30pm at St. Paul’s AME Church Centennial Hall in Hamilton.

A spokesperson said, “The Standing Committee has invited the Financial Secretary to provide information regarding procedures currently in place within the Ministry of Finance for managing compliance with Government’s Financial Instructions.

“The Committee expects to query the FS about compliance procedures and any available register of breaches of Financial Instructions over recent years.

Update 4.00pm: 1-hour replay of the live video stream of today’s PAC meeting:

“In addition, the Committee’s standing request for the provision of further details on the Airport Development Agreement and related Schedules remains in place, and the Committee has also requested to be provided with other relevant documentation mentioned by the Financial Secretary at his last appearance before the PAC.

“The Public Accounts Committee is comprised of Members of Parliament and is authorized by the House of Assembly to closely examine and report on matters relating to the accounts of the Government of Bermuda and, in particular, to investigate findings reported by the Auditor General in the Auditor’s Annual and other Special Reports.


“The current Chairman of the Committee is Mr. E. David Burt.

“Members of the public are invited to attend and observe the hearing to be held at St. Paul’s AME Church Centennial Hall, Court Street, Hamilton.”

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  1. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    Funny how he keeps demanding answers that cannot be given for understandable legal reasons (and if he doesn’t understand the importance of NDA’s in such large commercial contract negotiations as this, then he really is unfit to be in a position to conduct them), but has so far been completely unwilling to address the answers needed about the gross negligence/misconduct/mismanagement that went on in the Ministry of Finance during his tenure as Junior Minister. I wonder what he will have to say to the COI when he gets called there… and he should be called before them.

    • Lois Frederick says:

      He understands the nature of NDAs, but he knows the average person does not. Hence the tactic. He just keeps repeating, in an attempt to make it stick.

      Would have been nice to have seen a photo showing the number of those in attendance. I see lots of folded seats, so one can only assume, a much smaller venue would have been more appropriate.

    • What?? says:

      If you don’t understand the importance of the public’s right to know in such large PUBLIC contracts negotiations as this, then you really are unfit to be in a position to comment.

  2. Seriously says:

    Mr. Manders deserves a medal for such respectful composure. I’m sorry but the Chairman of this committee needs serious training in how to conduct questions without the tone of hostility and accusations. He’s rude and very condescending-clearly immature with no training in facilitation at all!!! I’m sorry but just because you speak with fluency, does not give you the right to be disrespectful, and demeaning. I would disband that committee for more impartial members who don’t have a political agenda….this is a circus of foolery!

    • Real Deal says:

      Bob Richards was worse. He had the protection of no cameras.

  3. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ?


    xenophobic thinking by Bermudians

    We hear what you have said and continue to this day today

    Your political career is over.

  4. aceboy says:

    It is so ridiculous.

    How about the Auditor’s Report Mr. Burt? THAT is your remit.

    We had some discussion at the last meeting about some serious financial mismanagement in relation to the Court Building. Between $13M and $26M million dollar overrun (a $13M grey area?) and a claim that $71M was spent on a shell. No further questions on that?