The motions were passed concurrently during the Second Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly held at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola on March 10, 2022.
This means Deputy Speaker Hon Neville Smith (AL) and Opposition Member Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) have been given the green light to remain Members of the HoA while conducting business with the Government.
According to Premier Fahie, Hon Smith is a Director of Caribbean Security Ltd and the said company “is desirous of entering into a contract with the Government of the Virgin Islands for upgrades to the Attorney General’s Chambers security system including the access control system, installation of a PA system for the total of $33,149.12.”
The Premier said the contract is in the process of being drafted and this resolution was a request from Hon Smith to have him exempted from vacating his seat.
Premier Fahie said the contract was an existing one “for quite a while.”
“Some upgrades need to be done on the system and given that the upgrades need to be done to the system the company in which the system would have been put in by is the one you would most likely be the one you go to for different reasons to do the upgrade to the system which they are the distributors for,” he remarked.
Similarly, Opposition Member Hon Vanterpool is also seeking to do business with Government.
Premier Fahie said Hon Vanterpool is a Director of Shoreside East Development Ltd.
That company, on November 3, 2021, purchased a building located at Lower Estate, Road Town, and the 3rd floor of the building is being leased by the Government of the Virgin Islands for a period of two years.
He said the remainder of the said lease is to be transferred to Hon Vanterpool’s company and negotiations are ongoing to lease additional space in the same building.
No one debated the motions and they were subsequently passed in the HoA.