In Friday’s newscast, we told you that the Prime Minister of Belize said he would oppose Hon. Julius Espat’s motion expected this Wednesday at the House of Representatives. That motion would be for the revising of the structure of the Public Accounts Committee, which is presently chaired by Hon. Espat. The Public Accounts Committee is an oversight body which has the duty of examining and reporting on the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by the National Assembly to meet the public expenditure of the country. Today, The Belize Chamber of Commerce issued a press release saying that it will support the motion for the restructuring of the PAC. The release says in part that the current structure of the PAC undermines its purpose as control of the PAC ultimately rests in the hands of the majority of the House of Representatives – the very body responsible for approving the country’s budget. In effect, the Government’s spending of public funds is therefore being scrutinized by a Government-controlled PAC.” The release further states that the Chamber has seen the Motion proposed by the Opposition and while it considers that the Resolution does not go far enough, the Chamber believes it is a step in the right direction. It ends by saying that it is the Chamber’s sincere hope that the Government and the Opposition can work together to achieve this result.