PL Parliamentary Group adopts Permanent Principle Secretary’s report on Public Appointments and Parliamentary work
The Labour Party’s Parliamentary Group has adopted the report by the Government’s Permanent Principle Secretary Mario Cutajar in response to the investigative report made by the Commissioner for Standards regarding potential conflict of interest of deputies from both sides of the Chamber being in Positions of Trust or giving contractual services.
This was announced by the Group’s Secretary Byron Camilleri during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee for Standards in Public Life presided by House Speaker, Anġlu Farrugia.
The Government faction requested a presentation to be made by the PPS, Mario Cutajar.
The Opposition, through Dr Simon Busuttil objected on the grounds the Opposition came to know of the report the day before and no discussion had taken place regarding the report by the Commissioner for Standards Dr George Hyzler for the Committee to adopt and recommend to Government.
Opposition MP. Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici said the Opposition has to be given the chance to present a counter report to that of the Government. He expressed the hope the Government is prepared to budge from its current position.
The Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Edward Zammit Lewis, presented Mario Cutajar’s report while MP Byron Camilleri tabled it in the Chamber.
MP Mifsud Bonnici said the Opposition will make its objections after Cutajar’s report has been studied and the opinions of the Attorney General Peter Grech and that of the Professor for Constitutional, Ian Refalo, be evaluated, together with the report.