Information Minister, Ruel Reid, says some Ministers who’ve had phone bills in excess of the new $40,000 per month limit may be asked to make some repayment.
Minister Reid made the disclosure shortly after he revealed today that Cabinet has approved a recommendation for an interim cap on the mobile telephone bills of all government Ministers.
Senator Reid was asked whether the cap is to be applied retroactively.
The cap is interim because a review of the mobile bills of Ministers is still being carried by the Finance Ministry.
The review follows a directive from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. It also follows disclosure weeks ago that Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, has racked up an $8-million phone bill over a year.
Amid public outrage, Prime Minister Holness said it was ‘unacceptable’, adding that the criticisms of his Finance Minister were ‘valid’.
Mr. Shaw says he’s paid back over $2-million of the sum. He said the charges were largely attributed to data roaming.