A document believed to have influence over the establishment of the controversial Recovery and Development Agency is being kept secret.
The document is titled the High-level Framework for UK Support to BVI Hurricane Recovery.
It is believed to be an agreement that government must sign before it receives needed support from the United Kingdom to fund the BVI’s recovery.
When approached this morning to make the document public, Premier Smith refused to honour the request.
Opposition member Julian Fraser made the request during Thursday’s sitting of the House of Assembly.
“As I have determined, these documents are confidential,” Dr Smith said.
Fraser subsequently questioned why parliamentarians are expected to support the Recovery Agency when such a crucial document is being withheld.
The Agency is being established through legislation in the House of Assembly.
The legislation is titled the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency Act 2018 and is currently being debated in the House.
“How are we going to debate this Bill that you are bringing before us if we can’t see the document,” Fraser asked.
“It is bad for the people and I’m not going to support,” he asserted.
“This is a helicopter document – it’s all for the ones at the top while the ones at the bottom gets crushed,” he added.
Fraser went on to describe the secret high-level document as a form of ‘trickery’ between the Premier and the UK.
“Are there any other documents that you have that we’ve never seen?” Fraser further questioned.
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