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.
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