15 Nov 2013

Solomons corruption watchdog reports malfunctioning government committee

7:08 pm on 15 November 2013

Transparency Solomon Islands is calling for an investigation into parliament's Public Expenditure Committee, in view of claims the body is not functioning effectively.

The corruption watchdog says the claims are a significant concern as the committee has a very important role to play in ensuring that government budgets are spent appropriately.

Transparency says the committee is a one of ten standing select committees appointed under standing orders and disbanded at the dissolution of parliament.

It says the committee system enables the public to have direct input into parliamentary processes and the Public Expenditure Committee provides checks and balances on government spending.

Transparency says it understands the committee is the most inactive parliamentary committee, with no meetings since it was appointed and no reports.

The watchdog says it understands the Speaker of Parliament has the responsibility to see that all the committees are functioning well and in accordance with their assigned responsibility.