The Andrew Holness administration has decided to withdraw the resolution tabled last Tuesday to extend the period of exemption for Cabinet documents from 20 years to 70 years.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said in a press release that the administration has decided to reconsider its decision due to the concerns raised by the public since the resolution was tabled.
“The Government appreciates and understands the sentiment of the Jamaican people and has a duty to thoroughly explore and consider all the issues before it and balance competing rights to achieve equity,” said the OPM.
“As planned, at the next sitting of Parliament, the Government will name a Joint Select Committee to review the Access to Information Act, the Archives Act and the Official Secrets Acts.
‘The government will withdraw the interim measure of the Order Resolution.’— Office of the Prime Minister
“The government will withdraw the interim measure of the Order Resolution and instead have the very important issues raised in the public debate go straight to the Joint Select Committee for their consideration,” added the OPM.
According to OPM, the administration remains committed to governmental accountability, transparency and public participation in national decision-making.