Juliet Holness, Speaker of the House of Representatives, during the recent budget debates. (Image: Juliet Holness/Instagram)

Attorney-at-law, Clyde Williams, says House Speaker, Juliet Holness, is being guided by a flawed interpretation of the law in relation to how reports prepared by the Auditor General’s Department, AGD, should be handled.

Mr. Williams was reacting to Mrs. Holness’ pronouncements in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Mahiri Stewart reports.


Amid pressure from the Opposition, Mrs. Holness instructed that two reports from the Auditor General, that had been the subject of a back and forth between parliament and the Auditor General’s Department, be tabled in the House.

The reports are being treated under section 30 of the Financial Administration and Audit Act.

Section 30 says reports should first go to the responsible minister, who reviews, adds observations and tables within two months.

Mr. Williams, who was speaking on Nationwide This Morning on Wednesday, says the Speaker’s interpretation of the law for the tabling of reports prepared by the Auditor General is flawed.

Mr. Williams says based on the origin of the the two audits, section 30 would not properly apply.

The two reports were special audits commissioned by the Auditor General.

In its rationale for the report on Tax Administration Jamaica, the Auditor General says the special audit was conducted in response to allegations surrounding a leasing arrangement between the TAJ and a private company.

For the report on the Financial Services Commission, the Auditor General noted that a preliminary assessment was initiated by complaints and feedback from a whistleblower.