PARLIAMENT (INTEGRITY OF MEMBERS) ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of Commission

   4   Duty of Parliamentarian to furnish statutory declaration to Commission

   5   Functions and powers of the Commission

   6   Duty as to secrecy and to make declaration

   7   Commission may require further information and conduct enquiries

   8   Issue of summons

   9   Witnesses may be examined on oath

   10   Duty and privileges of witnesses

   11   Protection of disclosures to the Commission

   12   Commission to make report

   13   Protection of persons where information published pursuant to section 12

   14   Regulations

   15   Offences

   16   [Repealed by Act 1 of 2001 s 12.]

   17   Expenses incurred in preparation of statutory declarations, etc, tax deductible

      SCHEDULES

 

THE PARLIAMENT (INTEGRITY OF MEMBERS) ACT

[Date of Commencement: 26th July, 1973]

Acts
33 of 1973,
19 of 1985,
1 of 2001,
33 of 2004.

LN 25/1988.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Parliament (Integrity of Members) Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "assets and liabilities" includes as assets any property whether in or outside of Jamaica and as liabilities any obligations to pay money whether in or outside of Jamaica;

   "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Commission;

   "child'' includes a step-child or a child who has been adopted under the Children (Adoption of) Act;

[1/2001 s 2.]

   "the Commission" means the Integrity Commission established under section 3;

   "functions" includes duties and powers;

   "member" means member of the Commission appointed in accordance with the provisions of the First Schedule

   "Parliamentarians" means Members of the House of Representatives and Senators;

   "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Commission;

   "statutory declaration" means a statutory declaration made by a Parliamentarian pursuant to section 4.

3   Establishment of Commission

   (1) There shall be established for the purposes of this Act, a body to be known as the Integrity Commission.

   (2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Commission and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Duty of Parliamentarian to furnish statutory declaration to Commission

   (1) Every person who is or was at any time after the 26th July, 1973, a Parliamentarian shall furnish to the Commission, a statutory declaration, subject to subsection (2) of his assets and liabilities, and his income in the form set out as Form A in the Second Schedule, at such times as may be required by or pursuant to this Act.

   (2) A declaration pursuant to subsection (1) shall include such particulars as are known to the declarant of the assets, liabilities and income of the spouse and children of the declarant:

   Provided that-

   (a)   if the spouse was not living with the declarant at any time during the period in relation to which the declaration is made; or

   (b)   if a child of a declarant has attained the age of 21 years and was not living with the declarant at any time during the period in relation to which the declaration is made, the particulars required to be furnished by this subsection shall be limited to assets held by the spouse or child (as the case may be) in trust for, or as agent of, the declarant; so, however, that nothing in this subsection shall be construed as precluding the Commission from requiring from a declarant any additional particulars the Commission may think fit.

   (3) A statutory declaration pursuant to subsection (1) shall be furnished-

   (a)   in the case of a person who is a Parliamentarian on the 26th July, 1973, within three months of such date; and

   (b)   in the case of a person elected or appointed, as the case may be, a Parliamentarian at any time after the 26th July, 1973, within three months from the date of such election or appointment, as the case may be, and thereafter on the 31st day of December in each year during any part of which he remains a Parliamentarian and at the end of twelve months from the date on which he ceases to be a Parliamentarian, so, however, that a declaration required to be made on the 31st day of December in any year shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of this sub-section if it is made on or before the 31st March next following that date.

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