Mr Heigl congratulated Mr Ingraham
on his election both as a Member of Parliament
and to the distinguished position of Speaker
...Mr Speaker Ingraham
explained the importance of the Speaker's duty as the presiding officer of The Bahamas House of Assembly
requiring him to maintain order in debate and to apply and interpret the rules, practices and traditions of the House.In any Parliament
this requires considerable skill and a balanced approach.
The impartiality of The Speaker is crucial in all matters of House of Assembly management and control though Mr Ingraham
emphasised that he
would continue steadfastly to represent his
constituents interests and ensure that their concerns were made known to the Government.
The British High Commissioner presented The Speaker with a new copy of Erskine May's Parliamentary Practice and also an up to date edition of UK Handbook on House of Commons Procedure.The High Commissioner commented that as The Bahamas parliamentary procedures are similar to the Westminster system he
hoped that these books would be useful additions to the parliamentary Libraries and helpful reading particularly for all newly elected members of the House