THE Freedom of Information Bill, which was intended to be tabled in the House of Assembly this month, is now scheduled to be brought to Parliament before the end of the year.
According to a statement from Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald, who has responsibility for the legislation, he met with the Freedom of Information committee early last week, which provided him with a copy of a report following their wide consultations.
“It was initially intended to have the bill tabled in the House of Assembly late October 2016,” the statement said. “However due to the unforeseen setbacks caused by Hurricane Matthew, it is likely that the bill will be tabled before the end of the year.”
Mr Fitzgerald thanked those involved in the bill’s development and applauded those who took an interest in the town hall meetings in Nassau, Freeport, Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma, as well as those individuals who submitted written suggestions.
“The government will continue to seek to elevate the level of transparency and accountability in governance as it works in the best interest of the Bahamian people,” the statement said.