Financial Year 2019/2020 Budget Debate Schedule

“The Annual Budget indicates what will be done with the finances of the country over the course of a year. The purpose of the Budget is to decide how much money the Government plans to expend on security, roads, water, housing and other services it provides. The Budget Debate provides the Government with the opportunity to take stock of its performance over the previous fiscal year, to measure its progress in relation to the targets previously set and to assess the effectiveness of its management of the country’s finances.” – JIS

The Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and the Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, confer in Parliament

Financial Year 2019/2020 Budget Debate Schedule

  • Feb 13, 2019 – Prorogation of Parliament
  • Feb 14, 2019 – Opening of New Session of Parliament; Laying of the Estimates of Expenditure
  • Mar 4-5, 2019 – Standing Finance Committee
  • Mar 7, 2019 – The Minister of Finance and the Public Service to open the Budget Debate
  • Mar 12, 2019 – The Opposition Spokesperson on Finance
  • Mar 14, 2019 – The Leader of the Opposition
  • Mar 19, 2019 – The Honourable Prime Minister
  • Mar 20, 2019 – The Minister of Finance and the Public Service to close the Budget Debate
  • Mar 22, 2019 – The Honourable Senate to Debate the Budget

Visit the JIS Budget Watch page for more information about what the budget debate is, glossary and links to speeches.