Governor Gus Jaspert is scheduled to deliver his first Speech from the Throne on Thursday morning at the House of Assembly chambers.

Former Governor John Duncan delivered the most recent Throne speech — which lays out the elected government’s legislative agenda — in late 2016.

The 10 a.m. sitting is also slated to include several questions from members of the opposition on a variety of topics spanning from BVI Airways, expatriate workers, the Tortola Pier Park audit, the Recovery and Development Agency, the Sopers Hole ferry service and water distribution.

Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie (R-D1) is also scheduled to ask Premier Dr. Orlando Smith (R-at large) for a breakdown of government’s post-Irma loan funding.


Tabled documents

Dr. Smith is scheduled to table three documents, including the Statutory Instrument 2018 No. 4 – Segregated Portfolio Companies (Mutual Funds) Regulations, 2018; the Statutory Instrument 2018 No. 5 – Segregated Portfolio Companies (Insurance) Regulations, 2018; and the Statutory Instrument 2018 No. 6 – Segregated Portfolio Companies (BVI Business Company) Regulations, 2018.

Communications and Works Minister Mark Vanterpool (R-D4) is slated to table the BVI Electricity Corporation’s 2015 annual report.


First readings

Lawmakers are also scheduled to give first readings to the International Tax Authority Act, 2018; the BVI Business Companies (Amendment) Act, 2018; the Banks and Trust Companies (Amendment) Act; 2018; and the Company Management (Amendment) Act, 2018.