The Minister for Transport, Works and Utilities was at the time speaking under the Constitutional Review motion in the House of Assembly on Monday, July 27.
He said that fundamental changes need to be made to the current constitution, including the expansion of the government’s executive authority.
"Currently subjects including the public service, our courts, our police, disaster preparedness, they fall under the governor. Should all of these subjects continue to be under the preview of the UK for which the Virgin Islands government foots the bill? Surely this cannot continue indefinitely, even if there might be persons who feel strongly about transferring these subjects to the elected government," he said.
The Minister indicated that he is aware that the public service is a particularly sensitive area.
"Should a Minister not have the prerogative over the selection of his permanent secretary? Why should that be dictated to us, as to who the permanent secretary should be...I am not sure this is the way we should be going in this day and age," Minister Rymer expressed.
He said elected members are capable of carrying out these affairs.
Last month, Premier and Finance Minister, Hon. Andrew Fahie had indicated that he will seeking through the upcoming Constitutional Review to have the public service portfolio moved to Government Ministers.
Hon. Fahie said that he had always wanted this and doesn’t agree with the current system where public servants are working in isolation of Ministers. Currently, the public service falls under the the UK-appointed Governor with administrative responsibility through the Deputy Governor's Office.
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