Bahamas Information Services Department Act


Published: 1974-12-31

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Bahamas Information Services Department Act
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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

BAHAMAS INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 27

BAHAMAS INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Establishment of Department.
4. Functions of Department.
5. Offices in Department not public offices.
6. Appointment of Director and other staff of Department.
7. Pensions, etc.
8. Expenses.

SCHEDULE — Functions of the Department.


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[Original Service 2001] STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS

CHAPTER 27

BAHAMAS INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT
An Act to make provision for the establishment of a

Bahamas Information Services Department as a department
within Article 127(c) of the Constitution; to define its
functions; and for matters connected therewith or incidental
thereto.

[Assent 15th October, 1974]
[Commencement 31st December, 1974]

1. This Act may be cited as the Bahamas Information
Services Department Act.

2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“Department” means the Bahamas Information

Services Department established by section 3;
“functions” includes powers and duties;
“Government” means the Government of the Baha-

mas;
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for Gov-

ernment Information and Public Relations.
3. (1) There shall be established a Department of

Government to be called the Bahamas Information
Services Department.

(2) The Department shall be subject to the general
direction and the control of the Minister.

4. The functions of the Department shall be those
set out in the Schedule.

5. The offices in the Department shall not be public
offices for the purposes of the Constitution.

16 of 1974
S.I. 98/1974
5 of 1980

Short title.

Interpretation.

Establishment of
Department.

Functions of
Department.

Schedule.

Offices in
Department not
public offices.

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STATUTE LAW OF THE BAHAMAS [Original Service 2001]

6. (1) The Minister shall appoint —
(a) an officer to be known as the Director of

Information Services who, subject to subsection
(2) of section 3 of this Act, shall supervise the
Department and shall perform such functions as
are assigned to him by the Minister;

(b) such other officers and servants as the Minister
may consider necessary to assist the Director in
the performance of his functions.

(2) Save as provided in section 7, the remuneration
and conditions of service of the officers and servants of the
Department shall be fixed by the Minister, subject to the
concurrence of the Minister of Finance.

7. (1) Except as provided in any contract of
employment with the Department, the Minister may grant
to any employee of the Department in respect of his service
in the Department a pension, gratuity or other like benefit
at the rate prescribed by, and in accordance with, the
provisions of the Pensions Act as if reference in that Act to
the Governor-General, the public service and a public
officer were references to the Minister, service in the
Department and such employee, respectively.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), reference to
the service of an employee of the Department includes any
continuous period of service of that employee in the
Department of Tourism immediately prior to his service in
the Department.

(3) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in
section 8, the pensions, gratuities or other like benefits
which are payable by the Department under subsection (1)
shall be charged on and paid out of the Consolidated Fund.

8. The expenses incurred by the Minister in the
administration of this Act shall be paid out of moneys
provided by Parliament.

Appointment of
Director and
other staff of
Department.

5 of 1980, s. 2.

Pensions, etc.
5 of 1980, s. 3.

Ch. 43.

Expenses.

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SCHEDULE (Section 4)

FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The functions of the Department shall be —

(a) to explain the policy and activities of the Government to
the public;

(b) to provide a central channel through which may flow
information to and enquiries from the public, press and
other media of communication;

(c) generally to advise the Government in relation to the
dissemination of information about the work of the
Government and to take all such measures as may be
required to carry out effectively the functions specified in
the preceding paragraphs of this Schedule.