WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: It remains unclear whether or not two Cabinet Ministers allegedly involved in a physical altercation in the House of Assembly’s lounge area will face disciplinary action.
When asked, Speaker of the House Stanley Lowe said: “We usually deal with matters which take place in the chamber. I can’t make any comment further than that.”
The ruling PLP has made no official comment following reports of a face-off between Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Derrick Burgess and Cabinet colleague Michael Scott in the MPs’ lounge/kitchen area of the House.
The Royal Gazette reported that Mr Burgess and Government Estates and Information Services Minister Mr Scott clashed over an accusation by Mr Scott that Mr Burgess was aiming to oust Premier Paula Cox. Neither Mr Scott or Mr Burgess were available for comment yesterday.
Mr Burgess is believed to be still in London, where he represented the Premier at Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.
The rules governing the House of Assembly lays out disciplinary procedures for the debating chamber — but has nothing on conduct in the Sessions House building.
But Section 63 of the rules says: “In any matter not in these Rules provided for, resort shall be had to the usage and practice of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which shall be followed as far as the same may be applicable to this House...
“In case of doubt the Rules of this House shall be interpreted in the light of the relevant usage and practice of the said House of Commons...”
Earlier this year, The Westminster MP for Falkirk, Eric Joyce, was forced to apologise to the House of Commons after attacking fellow politicians and visitors in the Palace of Westminster’s Strangers’ Bar, used to entertain visitors.
Joyce was also suspended by the UK Labour Party but he resigned to sit as an Independent before he was booted out. Despite pressure to quit his seat, he said he would remain as an Independent MP until the end of the current Parliamentary session in 2015.