“Interception Bill” and Architects Registration Bill to be debated today

These bills were among several others which were to have been debated during last week’s session and according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, the Interception of Communications Bill and The Architects Bill were introduced and read a first time at the previous sitting of the National Assembly. 

The Architects Registration Bill, 2010 provides for the establishment of an Architects Registration Board, the registration of architects, the regulation of practice architecture and for related matters. The Bill seeks to ensure that the use of the title “architect” is controlled and seeks to prevent conduct from non-architects that may be misleading to consumers and the general public. 

Consumers of architectural services will be better able to make informed decisions when engaging a practitioner. Most importantly, the Bill seeks to provide for public safety by generally improving the standards of industry. 

The Interception of Communications Bill, similar to one passed in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament by the Government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, seeks to provide a single legal framework for the interception of communications on public and private systems in an authorised and controlled in a manner commanding public confidence. 

The 49-page legislation is also intended to strengthen the current approach to interception by authorised persons. There is some provision already made under the Anti-terrorism Act Cap 4.02 and the Telecommunications Act Cap 16.05, however the new bill now sets the stage for a comprehensive regime. The Bill provides for the interception of all telecommunications networks, regardless of whether they are licensed as public or not. This will include public telecommunication operators and also Internet providers. 

The Bill also provides for the interception of communication carried wholly or partly by wireless telegraphy and also encompasses all mail handling systems, which includes all parcel and courier services. 

The Environmental Levy (Used Motor Vehicle) (Amendment) Act, 2010 imposes an EC$1,000 levy on new motor vehicle imported into the Federation.

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