Page 969 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 19 March 1991

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Tuesday, 19 March 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.


MR SPEAKER: I wish to inform members of the presence in the gallery of Mr Henry Asugar, who is the Chief Clerk of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. On behalf of all members, I bid him a warm welcome.


Financial Accounts

MS FOLLETT: My question is to Mr Kaine in his role as Treasurer. Mr Kaine, have the 1989-90 financial accounts for the Treasury been completed and submitted to the Auditor-General for audit, and, if not, why not?

MR KAINE: I am not certain of the status of the 1989-90 accounts, Mr Speaker; but I will take that question on notice and give a comprehensive reply.

Government Expenditure

MR BERRY: My question is directed to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, can you inform the Assembly whether overall government expenditure for the first half of this financial year was in line with budget estimates?

MR KAINE: Yes, as I understand it, budget performance until the end of February shows that the budget is generally in line with the estimates in terms of total revenues and total expenditures. We expect that the budget will remain so right through to the end of the year, when we will bring our budget in pretty well as we estimated it to be when it was produced a year ago.

MR BERRY: I have a supplementary question. As you seem to have this information, why have you failed to publish the December quarterly financial statement when it is 2 months after the end of the quarter?

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, as far as I am concerned, the reports that I get from the Treasury on the status of my management are not necessarily a matter of public record.

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