Opposition Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson has said it is unfortunate that two public bodies - the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Ministry of Health - ended up in court to settle a dispute over rent arrears.
The Second Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure, tabled this week, showed that the UDC will receive $180.5 million, which came from a judgment.
Speaking during Thursday's sitting of the House of Representatives, Mr. Jackson, Member of Parliament for St. Catherine South, said the Finance Ministry and Finance Secretary should have tried to get both entities to reach an agreement.
"The court is a place of last resort to settle disputes, and if two government agency (sic) can't sit and resolve matters like this, what example [are] we setting for the rest of the public that have disputes?" he questioned.
Arguing that the situation "looks untidy", the MP urged public bodies to "demonstrate a better disposition to deal with matters".