Finance

Finance

Finance

Finance

The constitution and laws of Barbados

CHAPTER IX

FINANCE

Consolidated Fund

107. There shall be in and for Barbados a Consolidated Fund, into which, subject to the provisions of any law for the time being in force in Barbados, shall be paid all revenues of Barbados.

Estimate

108. 1. The Minister responsible for finance shall, before the end of each financial year, cause to be prepared annual estimates of revenue and expenditure for public services during the succeeding financial year, which shall be laid before the House of Assembly.

2. The estimates of expenditure shall show separately the sums required to meet statutory expenditure (as defined in section 109(7)) and the sums required to meet other expenditure proposed to be paid out of the Consolidated Fund.

Authorization of expenditure

109. 1. The Minister responsible for finance shall, in respect of each financial year, at the earliest convenient moment before the commencement of that financial year, introduce in the House of Assembly an Appropriation Bill containing, under appropriate heads for the several services required the estimated aggregate sums which are proposed to be expended (otherwise than by way of statutory expenditure) during that financial year.

2. Subject to subsection s(4) and (6), the sums voted on the estimates by the House of Assembly in respect of a financial year shall represent the limit and extent of the public expenditure for that financial year.

3. Where any sum is voted on the estimates by the House of Assembly in respect of a financial year and at the end of that year there is an unexpended balance of that sum, the unexpended balance shall lapse.

4. The Minister responsible for finance may, in case of necessity, from time to time cause to be prepared supplementary estimates of expenditure which shall be laid before and voted on by the House of Assembly.

5. In respect of all supplementary expenditure voted on by the House of Assembly in pursuance of subsection (4), the Minister responsible for finance may, at any time before the end of the financial year, introduce into the House of Assembly a Supplementary Appropriation Bill containing under appropriate heads, the aggregate sums so voted, and shall, as soon as possible after the end of each financial year, introduce into the House of Assembly a final Appropriation bill containing any such sums which have not yet been included in any Appropriation bill.

6. That part of any estimate of expenditure laid before the House of Assembly which shows statutory expenditure shall not be voted on by the House, and such expenditure shall, without further authority of Parliament, be paid out of the Consolidated Fund.

7. For the purposes of this section and section 108 -

a. "Financial year" means any period of twelve months beginning on 1st April in any year or such other date as Parliament may prescribe; and

b. "statutory expenditure" means expenditure charged on the Consolidated Fund or on the general revenues and assets of Barbados by any provision of this Constitution or of any other law for the time being in force in Barbados.

Meeting expenditure from consolidated Fund

110. No sum shall be paid out of the Consolidated fund except upon the authority of a warrant under the hand of the Minister responsible for finance or under the hand of some person authorized by him in writing; and sums so issued shall be disposed of for meeting public expenditure authorized under section 109 or, in the case of statutory expenditure, for the purposes appointed by law.

Public debt

111. The public debt of Barbados, including the interest on that debt, sinking fund payments and redemption monies in respect of that debt and the costs, charges and expenses incidental to the management of that debt, is hereby charged on the Consolidated Fund.

Remuneration of Governor General and certain other officers

112. 1. There shall be paid to the holders of the offices to which this section applies such salaries as may be prescribed by or under any law.

2. The salaries payable to the holders of the offices to which this section applies are hereby charged on the Consolidated fund.

3. The salary and allowances payable to the holder of any office to which this section applies and his other terms of service shall not be altered to his disadvantage after his appointment, and, for the purposes of this subsection, in so far as the terms of service of any person depend upon the option of that person, the terms for which he opts shall be taken to be more advantageous to him than any other terms for which he might have opted.

4. This section applies to the offices of Governor General, Judges, Director of Public Prosecutions, Auditor General, appointed members of the Judicial and Legal Service Commission and members of the Public Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.

Establishment of office and functions of Auditor General

113. 1. There shall be an auditor General, whose office shall be a public office.

2. The accounts of the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Assembly and all departments and offices of the government (including the offices of the Cabinet, the Privy Council, the Judicial and Legal Service Commission, the Public Service Commission and the Police Service Commission but excluding the department of the Auditor General) shall, at least once in every year, be audited and reported on by the Auditor General who, with his subordinate staff, shall at all times be entitled to have access to all books, records, returns and reports relating to such accounts.

3. The Auditor General shall submit his reports made under subsection (2) to the Speaker (or, if the office of Speaker is vacant or the Speaker is for any reason unable to perform the functions of his office, to the Deputy Speaker) who shall cause them to be laid before the House of Assembly.

4. In the exercise of this functions under the provisions of subsections (2) and (3), the Auditor General shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.

5. The accounts of the department of the Auditor General shall be audited and reported on by the Minister responsible for finance and the provisions of subsections (2) and (3) shall apply in relation to the exercise by that Minister of those functions as they apply in relation to audits and reports made by the Auditor General.

6. Nothing in this section shall prevent the performance by the Auditor General of -

a. such other functions in relation to the accounts of the Government and the accounts of other public authorities and other bodies administering public funds in Barbados as may be prescribed by or under any law for the time being in force in Barbados; or

b. such other functions in relation to the supervision and control of expenditure from public funds in Barbados as may be so prescribed.

Constitution of Barbados

1. Constitution is supreme law

2. Persons who become citizens on 30th November 1966

3. Persons entitled to be registered as citizens

4. Persons born in Barbados after 29th November 1966

5. Persons born outside Barbados after 29th November 1966

6. Marriage to citizen of Barbados

7. Renunciation of citizenship

8. Commonwealth citizens

9. Powers of Parliament

10. Interpretation

11. Fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual

12. Protection of right to life

13. Protection of right to personal liberty

14. Protection from slavery and forced labour

15. Protection from inhuman treatment

16. Protection from deprivation of property

17. Protection against arbitrary search or entry

18. Provisions to secure protection of law

19. Protection of freedom of conscience

20. Protection of freedom of expression

21. Protection of freedom of assembly and association

22. Protection of freedom of movement

23. Protection from discrimination on grounds of race, etc

24. Enforcement of protective provisions

25. Time of emergency

26. Saving of existing law

27. Interpretation

28. Establishment of office of Governor General

29. Acting Governor General

30. Deputy to governor General

31. Personal staff of governor General

32. Exercise of Governor General's functions

33. Public Seal

34. Oaths to be taken by Governor General

35. Establishment of Parliament

36. Senate

37. Qualifications for membership of Senate

38. Disqualifications for membership of Senate

39. Tenure of seats of Senators

40. President and Deputy President of Senate

41. House of Assembly

42. Electoral law

43. Qualifications for membership of Assembly

44. Disqualifications for membership of Assembly

45. Tenure of seats of members of Assembly

46. Determination of questions of membership of Senate and Assembly

47. Filling of casual vacancies in Senate and Assembly

48. Power to make laws

49. Alteration of this Constitution

50. Regulation of procedure in Parliament

51. Presiding in Senate

52. Quorum of Senate

53. Voting in Senate

54. Introduction of Bills, etc

55. Restriction on powers of Senate as to Money Bills

56. Restriction on powers of Senate as to Bills other than Money Bills

57. Provisions relating to sections 54, 55 and 56

58. Asset to Bills

59. Oath of allegiance

60. Sessions of Parliament

61. Prorogation and dissolution of Parliament

62. General election and appointment of Senators

63. Executive authority of Barbados

64. Cabinet

65. Appointment of Ministers

66. Tenure of office of Ministers

67. Performance of Prime Minister's functions in certain events

68. Temporary Ministers

69. Oaths to be taken by Ministers

70. Presiding in Cabinet

71. Governor General to be informed concerning matters of government

72. Assignment of responsibilities to Ministers

73. Parliamentary Secretaries

74. Leader of the Opposition

75. Certain vacancies in office of Leader of Opposition

76. Privy Council

77. Proceedings of Privy Council

78. Prerogative of mercy

79. Establishment of office and functions for Director of Public

80. Establishment of Supreme Court

81. Appointment of Judges

82. Acting Judges

83. Oaths to be taken by Judges

84. Tenure of office of Judges

85. Constitution of Court of Appeal

86. Other arrangements for appeals

87. Appeals relating to fundamental rights and freedoms

88. Appeals to Her Majesty in Council in other cases

89. Establishment and composition of Judicial and Legal Service Commission

90. Establishment and composition of Public Service Commission

91. Establishment and composition of Police Commission

92. Procedure of Commissions

93. Appointment, etc., of judicial and legal officers

94. Appointment, etc., of public officers

95. Delegation of powers under section 94

96. Appointment, etc., of members of the Police Force

97. Delegation of powers under section 96

98. Appeals to Privy Council in disciplinary matters

99. Appointment of permanent secretaries and certain other public officers

100. Appointment, etc., of principal representatives abroad and subordinate staff

101. Appointment, etc., of Director of Public Prosecutions

102. Appointment, etc., of Auditor General

103. Protection of pension rights

104. Grant and withholding of pensions, etc

105. Removal form office of certain persons

106. Protection of Commissions, etc., from legal proceedings

107. Consolidated Fund

108. Estimates

109. Authorization of expenditure

110. Meeting expenditure from Consolidated Fund

111. Public debt

112. Remuneration of governor General and certain other officers

113. Establishment of office and functions of Auditor General

114. Appointments

115. Resignations

116. Vacation of office on attaining a prescribed age

117. Interpretation

First Schedule

Oaths


Second Schedule

Provisions Relating To Certain Tribunals


Third Schedule

Rules Relating To The Constituencies

Constitution Finance 2022