THE BELIZE f A
i %JAN 12 ia67*
.. PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BEUIE CITY P. 0. Box 324.
Fo. 49 *- .-- Up to 5th December, 1
HIGTII iTS OF TS_7 P:-T :R'S BUDG-I SPEECH
Expenditure of $11.7 million on the rocu- :ent budget plus a fur-
ther $7 million on the capital side is forecast in the 19C7 budget tabled
in the House of oepresent,.tives on Friday,
The bulk of the recurrent budget 35% is devoted to social
services. Education gets 15% and the health services, 11%.
Over $12 million will be provided from national revenue. A fur-
ther ,i~- million are to be raised by loans.
ETTD OF TREASUTT.Y CONTROL
Belize has after thirty five y,-rs regained an aspect of its in-
.c oendence surrendered as a direct consequence of the 1931 hurricane.
There were loud cheers in the House of Representatives on Friday
as the Premier in the course of his budget sneoch announced that Belize is
;ow free of United Kingdem Treasury control,
This advance follows the ending of grants in aid of the recurrent
bu cget from the United 'Kingdom. Tinder Tr3-.sury control this country's
erxenditure were subject to restrictions an) conditions laid down by
London. "In future" declared the Premier, "we can spend our revenues in
such manner as we desiree"
Premier George Price was quick to emphasize at the same time that
iext year and in future years especially with the coming of independence
the level of expenditure will be higher. It will be essential, he de-
clared, that we continue to adopt a policy of care and caution.
FOLLOW UP ACTION O0- TRIPARTITE REPORT
The Premier has once again stated that the Tripartite Survey Te-
port is to be tabled on December 9th. Presented along with the report, he
said, will be a paper with government's comments on the report.
The two documents should bo cad together for a good and correct
understanding of the country's economic situation.
For the first time it was revealed that government has already
been making preparations for an a-o-roach to the sponsoring governments -
ri.tain, Canada and the U.S.A. for their assistance in carrying out re.-
commendations Tut forward by their economic experts.
First step in this direction will be a visit by the Canadian Hi-h
Co!:missioner in Jamaica in mid-December.
This was yet another hi:h bligt of the Premier's Budget message.
)( /He went on
Hie ent at this stag i th: t;le gove-rn1rment of the United Kintlo:.
for the financial ass.istanre it continue to give; to the government of
Canada for the new swi. Bridge mnd the r..y scholarships granted; and to
the United St..tes of Ar.i:rica, th3 TTn~,Ltd Nations and all others for the
help they have been giving.
CHEAPER T'.LEPHOIO, RATES
There is to `,e a big incrn .se in the number of permitted free
calls by telephone subscribers. Instead of the present 75, the number -s
to be raised to 150.
Announcing this in the House of Representatives on Friday the
Premier disclosed that the more liberal arrangements are possible because
the Belize City telephonee system i-.s now ,,gan to show a profit.
Busines.jn.n ar also to b:n fit from a $12 reduction in the lcvel
of business rentals.
GOOD 1'WS 0 t.'E .HOU.SINTG FRONT
On the housing front th-r: :. was good news in the budget speech for
many people aspiring to acquire better accommodation for their families.
Fir t of all came mention of sums provided for slum clearance and
for the provision of house: for the underprivileged.
expenditure of some $1,100,000 was forecast, Five hundred and
fifty thousand dollars goes to private sector and a like sum has been
allocatid for civil service housing. The:se sums have been secured from
the commercial banks under long tor: repayment programmes.
Com!mnting on the provisions for housing the Premier said: "This
is a small amount in relation to the whole need, but it is a beginning
and government continues its negoti tions to obtain more housing loans."
DEBATE 0: EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
The St John's College (IAmendment) Bill was passed by the House on
Friday. The opposition voted .ag.inst th.e. .masure...
In his report to the Assembly, the Hon. Florendio I'arin, Chair'.-
of the House Education Committee said his group was recommending passage
of the measure without amendment. The Committee had' heard the views of
those who support the Bill as well as those who oppose it.
Presenting the Bill for its second and third r:rTings the Minis-
tor of Education, the THo. Mr. .T Gendolyn Lizarraga, said the Advisory
Council for Secondary and Furth,:r Education which includes representa-
tives of Wesley, St EHilda's and St Michael's collegesi had unanimously
endorsed the nronosal.
oft To Detract,.....ut To Add
The Minister could not uno--s;tand how it -was th.t these'noople
were now opposing the :--o.s-d3 Ordinance. The intention was not to dis..
c.rd .theG.C.E. Advance Level ac-tificcte or reduce its importance but
/rather to introduce
rather to introduce a new dimension to our educational system one which
would open far reaching opportunities for many more Belizean students.
The Opposition Leader, the Hon. P.S. Goldson thought the House
was being asked to abandon the traditional system of education without
question. He did not see the need .for the government to legislate on the
matter and called for the setting up of a Committee charged with conduct-
ing a general revision of the country's educational system.
Speakers from the government branches poured scorn on resistance
to the introduction of a element of the American educational system.
Because of geographical and other factors Belize is within the U.S.A.
sphere of influence and this fact would have to be faced.
Winding up the debate, the Minister of Education noted that the
S.J.C. initiative had stimulated the other colleges to think more
seriously about their position with'regard to further education. They
had come up with the idea of awarding a Diploma of Advanced Studies.
Government h-d given a cle.r assurance that such a scheme would attract
the same support the proposed Ordinance offers the S.J.C. Associate
SELECT COMMITTEES REPORT
The Houe" ilso received reports from two of its select committees
The Honourable Santiago Ricalde, Chairman of the Public Utilities
Committee, said his committee recommended deferrment of the second read-
ing of the Moto,' Vehicles and Road trafficc (Amendment) Bill.
The Committee, after carefully going through the Bill, felt that
it tended to limit the scope of business by restricting taxis to one
The Committee was also critical of the proposed right.of the
Licensing Authority to refuse the issue of a licence without the right of
The Minister of Public Utilities later withdrew the Bill.
The House Committee recommended the provision of a typist to
assist the Clerk of the Assembly with his duties.
The reports were adopted.
PROGRESS WITH SUGAR INDUSTRY BILLS
In a five minute sitting last week the Senate read a first time
two Bills relating to the sugar industry.
The Bills were introduced by Senator James Meighan, leader of
government business in the Senate.
Introduction of the two Bills one for an ordinance to amend the
Sugar Industry Control law and another Bill to amend the Sugar Cane
Farmers.' Associ-tion Ordinance, follow passage of the measures by the
House of Representatives on November 25th.
/Tuesday December 6th
Tuesday December 6th has been set as the date for the second and
third readings of the Bills.
It will be recalled that on October 19th the Minister of Natural
Resources proposed a time table which, if all goes according to plan,
should see the proposed amendments translated into law, possibly by
December 16th or by December 23rd at the latest.
MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVT. RETURNS
The Minister of Local Government, the Honourable Albert Cattouse,
returned home on December 3rd from a private visit to the United Mexican
During his absence, the Minister of Education, the Honourable Mrs
Lizarraga, assumed responsibility for subjects under his portfolio.
Mr Cattouse was scheduled to resume duty on December 5th.
'ROOF WETTING' AT NEW CAPITAL SITE
It was with a sense of history that the Minister of Public Utili-
ties, the Honourable Hector Silva, joined workers and technical staff on-
site at the new capital project for the ceremony of 'wetting the roof' of
fourteen houses which are to house junior staff of the contractors.
Unscheduled for the occasion was a sudden downpour which made the
event a rather sticky affair.
Standing in a light drizzle the Minister declared that the simple
roof wetting ceremony would be remembered for a long, long time by those
who were previleged to take part in this important first phase of the new
A Feeling Of 'Participation'
Belize City may be a fine city, he remarked but the new capital of
Belize, situated as it is in the geographic heart of the country, should
help make clear the participation of all districts in the central direc-
tion of the nation's affairs.
He conveyed the Premier's expression of regret at not having been
able to be present for the occasion. Together with other Minister of
Government, he said, the Premier had sent his best wishes and congratula-
tions to everyone who has so far contributed to the development of the
The ceremony began with the playing of the Belizean anthem and
ended with a rendition of the British anthem. During the ceremony Mr
Silva hoisted the Belizean flag.
Earlier in his speech the Minister expressed gratitude to the
Canadian surveyors and the Peace Corps volunteers who have been assist-
ing the Belizean worker-s.
Following the Minister's .address the vote of thanks was given by
Mr Richard Garbutt, a resident of Roaring Creek Village who praised the
Minister for responding to the call of the workers. It was fortunate that
the Minister of Public Utilities wa-s able to attend in order that he
might see the enthusiasm and high spirit of the workers on site, said Mr
/As a Resident of
As a resident of Roaring Creek Village, he said, he was honoured
to be able to take part in the project and he felt certain that his ch
children and gre"t grandchildren would be, happy to continue with the
building of the new capital.
Workers Support Government
All this will not be dacomplished perhaps within his own lifetime,
but then he said, the earth itself was built by the greatest builder and
this took seven days.
S: On behalf of the workers he was pledging his full support to
government and he expressed the hope that they would be able to continue
their good work for the country for many years to cope.
The Master of Ceremonies was Mr Rupert Ferrel, Clerk of Works.
Also present were Mr L.E. Stearne, Inspector of Works, Mr A. Coleman,
Mechanical Superintendent; Mr R.E. Barefoot, Executive Engineer- as well
as other workers from the Ministry and a large body of the construction
Following the ceremony, there was a reception for the workers and
their guests at the base camp..
The houses completed so far will remain in a crude state and
serve as camps for workers. Also going up on another site not far away
is a:block; of seven split level houses for senior officers. Already there
are some 170 workers employed at the.site. The construction timetalbe is
right on schedule. :
December 15th has been set as Nomination Day for the District
Town Board Elections.
The Returning Officer for the Town Board Elections have been
authorised to receive nominations for elections at the Magistrate's
Court rooms in the principal towns in the five Districts.
The District Officers in the five districts concerned, Mr James
Swasey, Assistant Agricultural Officr .and Mr Peter Lizarraga, Farm
Planning Officer will receive nominations for Monkey River and Benque
Viejo del Carmen Towns respectively.
TO LOOK INTO PRISON CONDITIONS
Arriving here recently to look into provisions for the treatment
of offenders, their care and custody and arrangements for their rehabili-
tation, were two high level experts sent out by the British Government.
They were Doctor T.P. Morris, Reader in Sociology, with special
reference to criminology, at the University of-London and Mrs B. Serota,
presently'a member of the Advisory Council on Child Care and a former
member of the Advisory Council on the treatment of offenders.
In the course of their eleven day visit to Belize the team planned
to visit penal and correctional'institutions, and the juvenile court.
Also scheduled were discussions with voluntary agencies active in the
area of rehabilitation and juvenile guidance. Their programme included a
seminar for Police, Prison and Probation officers, the Red Cross and the
/Council of Voluntary
Council of Voluntry Social Services.
On completion of their mission, the visitors were expected to
submit a report for government's consideration.
TRADE UNION NEWS
Senior officials of the Southern Christian Union, led by the
Union's President, Mr Allan Castillo, began negotiations for a new
collective bargaining agreement with the Management of the Fruit Company
Limited in the Stann Creek District last week.
The company's team of negotiators was led by Mr S.A. Spross,
According to a S.C.U. release, the company has stated that they
will not be offering wages or conditions less favourable than those
offered by the other citrus processors.
T.U.C. STUDENTS RETURN
Leonardo Arana of the Belize Public Officers Union and Mario
Alonzo-and Earl Lopez, both of the General Workers Development Union re-
turned to Belize on November 26th from San Pedro Sula, Republic of
Honduras where they took part in a three month trade union leadership
Their training was sponsored by the American Institute of Free
Labour Development through ORIT.
They studied collective bargaining, labour management, Labour
news, trade union journalism and economics.
A release issued by the Belize Trade Union Congress said they
were all awarded diplomas.
OBITUARY -ALFRED OWEN LONGSWORTH
The death occurred in Belize City on Monday morning, November
28th, of Alfred Owen Longsworth, a former Registrar General.
Mr Longsworth, a Belizean, was born on 18th September, 1891. He
joined the public service on 2nd August, 1909 as a copyist at the Audit
Office. His civil service career lasted forty three years.
FROM CITY HALL
Names for a number of new streets in the King's Park and Neal's
Pen areas of Belize City were decided on at a meeting of the City
Council on Tuesday.
The Streets in the Neal's Pen area were all named in honour of
well known Belizean East Indian families.
The Council also allocated a portion of land in the Pound Yard
area to the National Library Service for construction of a sub-library.
/The programme of
The programme of works for the p..riod from November 29th to the
end of the year was approved.
EWS ILT BRIEF
BELIZEAN AIRLINS LIMITED has applied for permission to operate a schedu-
led air service between Belize City and Houston Texas.
According to a gazette notice there would be a weekly flight
using an aircraft with a capacity of twenty three passengers. In addi-
tion to passengers a freight and mail service would also be provided.
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION has appointed Cabinet Secretary, Hugh Fuller,
Librarian, Leo Bradley; along with A.H. Anderson, N.Valdez and Brother
Clifton Trapp, S.J. members of the Advisory Committee on the Baron Bliss
Hugh Fuller is Chairman. The Secretary is Norrin Meighan of the
Ministry of Education.
TWO SENIOR RE'DESENT?.TIVES of the Royal Bank of Canada A.A. Allen,
Superintendent of their International Division, and District General
Manager, Herbert Ince responsible for R.B.C. operations in Belize, were
h.-re last week to have a look at the functioning of branches here.
Received by the Premier on Friday, the Royal Bank of Canada offi-
cials said their Bank has already secured a site at the new capital and
are quite prepared to go ahead with construction of a new capital branch
at the appropriate time.
,EITHT ELLIS, FINANCIAL COMPTROLTT of West Indies and Caribbean Develop-
ment, the parent compe.ny of HofLus Hardware Limited of Belize City, spolUe
last week about 'constant signs of improvement' he has noted on visits to
He was accompanied by Clarence Passailague, Manager of Hofius
-.rdware when he paid a courtesy call on Premier George Price.
A r-ROTTP OF YOUNG CITIZENS of Corozal Town staged a demonstration there on
November 26th in protest against the poor facilities offered by EL ENCANTO
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