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Ferguson to make statement on smoking today

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 8:38 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, is scheduled to make a statement to the House of Representatives this afternoon, concerning likely changes to the regulations on tobacco smoking.

However, while the agenda released Monday by Gordon House showed that Dr Ferguson would make the statement on the controversial issue, there was no space for debating the motion tabled last week by Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Kenneth Baugh, on the same issue.

Dr Baugh’s motion had asked that the regulations be tabled in the House, and referred to its Human Resources and Social Development Committee for immediate review. However, the failure to include it in today’s agenda means that it cannot be debated until the House resumes in September, after an approximately four-week summer break.

Dr Baugh can, however, ask questions of the minister after the presentation of his statement.

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