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Jamaica: No Gov’t Support To Invite Key Labour Ministry Officials To PAC Meeting

Two key Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) officials will not appear before a parliamentary committee today to answer potentially embarrassing questions over an unfolding scandal.

Julian Robinson, the opposition member who chairs the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), suggested Monday morning that Kate Bertram, chairman of the MLSS’s Internal Audit Committee, and Deborah Gardner, a ministry representative on the committee, be invited to the meeting at Gordon House.  

In an email to the PAC’s 15 members at 10:33 a.m on Monday, the committee’s clerk noted that majority consent would be needed to send the invitation to the ministry and they were to indicate whether they supported the suggestion by four o’clock in the afternoon. 

Not one government member replied. 

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