Government On Appointment Of Acting Ministers

January 8, 2022 | 10 Comments

“Acting Ministers receive no additional remuneration” and “Ministers, although on leave, remain contactable,” the Government said.

There has been some conversation about the amount of ‘Acting Ministers’ lately, so Bernews asked the Government for an update on which Ministries still have ‘Acting Ministers’ and in response, a Government spokesperson said, “The appointment of acting Ministers is made by the Governor pursuant to section 60 of the Constitution, on the advice of the Premier.

“Acting Ministers receive no additional remuneration of any kind and substantive Ministers, like any employee or public officer are entitled to leave, and do not forfeit any remuneration.

“As we have seen over the last two years, working remotely is possible during the pandemic, and Ministers, although on leave, remain contactable. In most cases they liaise with their Ministerial HQ regularly during these leave periods.

“In keeping with the typical process, if there is any Ministerial business travel, that will be recorded on the Government’s online travel site for review. Ministers are entitled to personal leave, and if it’s medical leave, it is a private, personal matter.”

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  1. Sandgrownan says:

    “Contactable” is not a word

    • Mike Hind says:

      Not unless you… you know… look at a dictionary.
      Miriam Webster, Oxford, Cambridge, dictionary.com…

      They all have it listed as an adjective meaning “able to be contacted”.

      Now, sure… years ago, contact was solely a noun. Rex Stout famously had it be a pet peeve of his detective, Nero Wolfe…

      But language changes to suit needs and it has been a verb, and thus translatable to adjective, for a long time now.

  2. Sick of it All says:

    Too many Ministers at once, therefore a good part of our problematic holiday season. Very poor planning. Very poor oversight by the Governor in approving this. This is not acceptable. Obvious major problems.

    • JohnBoy says:

      Exactly!!

    • question says:

      You think this is the Governor’s fault? You think she approves their vacation? If she wasn’t here, they wouldn’t all have taken vacation at once, is that what you think?

  3. Spotty says:

    Umm. Spotty say THEY ALL JUST ACTORS!!!!!

  4. Joe Bloggs says:

    “In keeping with the typical process, if there is any Ministerial business travel, that will be recorded on the Government’s online travel site for review.”

    Interesting that the PLP Government says “typical process” rather than “the law” or “as always”.

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