In an historic move, the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dennis Lister, has given permission for a portion of the proceedings of Friday’s sitting to be shown on the Government of Bermuda’s social media page.

CITV will use Facebook Live, allowing Bermudians, at home and around the world, to watch the reading of the Budget Statement for the first time.

In a statement released yesterday, Mr Lister said: “I have granted permission for the Budget Statement, which will be read on Friday 16 February 2018, by the Premier and Minister of Finance, the Hon David Burt, JP, MP, to be recorded and shared on social media.

“To ensure fairness, I made the same offer to the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister of Finance, Mrs Jeanne Atherden, JP, MP, to have the Budget Reply which will be read on Friday 23 February 2018, recorded by CITV and aired on social media.

“I encourage all Bermudians to log on and watch the proceedings from the House of Assembly live. I welcome feedback from the general public as we work to make the proceedings of the House of Assembly accessible to all.”