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to the Bri­tish monar­chy, iden­ti­fied as the ‘vis­i­tor’, or its rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Iton’s let­ter said as a con­trib­u­tor to the univer­sity, Ja­maica was “en­ti­tled” to in­for­ma­tion and rec­om­mended that the Gov­ern­ment use its rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the univer­sity’s fi­nance com­mit­tee “to re­quest the nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion”.

Pro­fes­sor Archibald McDon­ald, prin­ci­pal of the Mona cam­pus, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day that each CARI­COM con­tribut­ing coun­try has rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the fi­nance com­mit­tee, which is a sub­com­mit­tee of the univer­sity coun­cil – the UWI’s high­est de­ci­sion-mak­ing body – which also has gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

He said there was no for­mal re­port­ing re­quire­ment from CARI­COM, which lists the UWI as one of its “as­so­ciate in­sti­tu­tions”.

The univer­sity had sub­mit­ted a re­port, sig­nalling its in­tent to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee, but ac­cord­ing to Smith, the univer­sity with­drew and sub­mit­ted an opin­ion it said it re­ceived from the at­tor­ney gen­eral’s cham­bers in 2007, which af­firmed its le­gal in­de­pen­dence.

Ques­tions to the Of­fice of the Vice-Chan­cel­lor, headed by Pro­fes­sor Sir Hilary Beck­les, were not an­swered up to press time.

SIT­U­A­TION UN­AC­CEPT­ABLE

In a May re­search pa­per, the li­brary of the United King­dom’s House of Lords, sim­i­lar to the Se­nate in Ja­maica, noted that “royal char­ters and the af­fairs of char­tered bod­ies are not gen­er­ally de­bated in Par­lia­ment”.

McNeill said the Ja­maican sit­u­a­tion is un­ac­cept­able and his com­mit­tee would be rec­om­mend­ing that Par­lia­ment con­sider the is­sue with the aim of

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