Power cuts and break-ins at schools

Shadow Minister for Government Services, Education and Culture Steven Linares has tabled 59 questions for the Government to answer in Parliament next week.

Mr Linares will take the opportunity to question the Government on the number of power cuts that have affected whole districts in Gibraltar and the reasons why they occurred.

Mr Linares will also raise the issue of the cemetery. He will quiz Government on whether works at the cemetery are now complete and will ask them to state whether maintenance is currently carried out especially between vaults and tombstones where it is most needed.

Following the spate of break-ins in school buildings, the Opposition Education spokesman will ask the Minister to say what security measures have been put in place in schools when the schools are actually closed. He will want to know how many children have been suspended from school in the period December 2007 to March 2008. Mr Linares has also tabled a question to establish how many pupils attended the Pupil Referral Unit at Bayside in 2006/7 and 2007 and to date. He will ask the Minister for Education to state how many pupils have been supported by BEST (Behavioural and Educational Support Team) from the beginning of the current academic year.

In relation to his responsibilities over Education, Steven Linares will also ask whether the Department employs a driver specifically to drive the coach to commute children to different venues and wants to know why children from St Joseph?s Middle School had to walk from the stadium to the school on Wednesday 26th March 2008.

BALUSTRADE

The Opposition spokesman has tabled a series of questions on the replacing and repaving of the balustrade and footpath along Europa Road. He will want to know when the contract was awarded, the estimated cost and the estimated date of completion of the works. In addition to this, Mr Linares will also ask whether the contractor awarded the tender are the same contractors currently completing the works.

In his capacity as Shadow Minister for Government Services, he will ask Government to say at what stage they are in relation to the consultation process to ascertain the viability of rebuilding the Theatre Royal. Mr Linares has also tabled a series of questions in relation to the number and value of units of electricity and water that have been invoiced. On another matter, he will ask Government to state whether the review of the Customs Department is at the stage of implementation and at what stage the negotiations with the union are at present.





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