FORMAT OF GOVERNMENT’S AFTER-ACTION REVIEW ON COVID-19 AND PLANS TO SHARE REVIEW FINDINGS OR RECOMMENDATIONS

14 Mr Pritam Singh asked the Prime Minister (a) what is the format of the Government’s after-action review (AAR) on COVID-19; and (b) whether it plans to share the AAR’s findings or recommendations with the public. The Minister for Finance (Mr Lawrence Wong) (for the Prime Minister): Mr Speaker, Sir, I am taking this question on behalf of theContinue reading “FORMAT OF GOVERNMENT’S AFTER-ACTION REVIEW ON COVID-19 AND PLANS TO SHARE REVIEW FINDINGS OR RECOMMENDATIONS”

EXCEPTIONS MADE IN DISBURSEMENT OF BABY SUPPORT GRANT AND POSSIBLE EXTENSION BEYOND SEPTEMBER 2022 GIVEN CONTINUING LOW TOTAL FERTILITY RATE

Mr Leon Perera asked the Prime Minister (a) to date, whether any exceptions have been made in the disbursement of the Baby Support Grant (BSG), for instance giving the grant to single mothers; and (b) whether the Government is considering an extension of the BSG beyond September 2022 in view of the continuing low total fertility rateContinue reading “EXCEPTIONS MADE IN DISBURSEMENT OF BABY SUPPORT GRANT AND POSSIBLE EXTENSION BEYOND SEPTEMBER 2022 GIVEN CONTINUING LOW TOTAL FERTILITY RATE”

DATA ON NUMBER OF REQUESTS TO DE-REGISTER FROM TRACETOGETHER PROGRAMME

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Prime Minister for each month in the last year, how many users have requested to be de-registered from the TraceTogether programme. Mrs Josephine Teo (for the Prime Minister): From January 2021 to April 2022, about 5,900 users or an average of 370 users per month were deregistered from the TraceTogether programmeContinue reading “DATA ON NUMBER OF REQUESTS TO DE-REGISTER FROM TRACETOGETHER PROGRAMME”

BREAKDOWN OF SPENDING ON ORGANISING AND RUNNING GENERAL ELECTIONS IN 2011, 2015 AND 2020 RESPECTIVELY

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Prime Minister how much is the Government’s spending on organising and running the General Elections in 2011, 2015 and 2020 respectively, including but not limited to the cost of manpower, security, publicity and materials. Mr Chan Chun Sing (for the Prime Minister): The expenditures incurred by the Elections Department (ELD) forContinue reading “BREAKDOWN OF SPENDING ON ORGANISING AND RUNNING GENERAL ELECTIONS IN 2011, 2015 AND 2020 RESPECTIVELY”

LOCAL BANK’S EXPOSURE TO COMMODITY TRADING AND COMMODITY FINANCING AND ASSESSMENT OF RISKS TO FINANCIAL SECTOR FROM COMMODITY MARKET VOLATILITIES

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Prime Minister (a) what is the current size of local banks’ exposure to commodity trading and commodity financing; (b) whether MAS has been approached and is prepared to provide liquidity support to commodity trading firms; and (c) what is the assessment by MAS of the risks to the financial sectorContinue reading “LOCAL BANK’S EXPOSURE TO COMMODITY TRADING AND COMMODITY FINANCING AND ASSESSMENT OF RISKS TO FINANCIAL SECTOR FROM COMMODITY MARKET VOLATILITIES”

DIVERSITY IN GENDER, ETHNICITIES AND BACKGROUNDS AT TOP LEVELS OF CIVIL SERVICE

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Prime Minister what measures are being taken to address any concerns about diversity in terms of gender, ethnicities and background in the top levels of the Civil Service, particularly in relation to Permanent Secretaries.   Mr Chan Chun Sing (for the Prime Minister): In building a dynamic, efficient and resilient Public Service,Continue reading “DIVERSITY IN GENDER, ETHNICITIES AND BACKGROUNDS AT TOP LEVELS OF CIVIL SERVICE”

DATA ON COMPANIES GRANTED EXEMPTION FROM HOLDING LICENCE UNDER PAYMENT SERVICES ACT

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Prime Minister for entities which are previously granted an exemption from holding a licence under the Payment Services Act (a) what is the breakdown in the number of companies for those (i) whose exemption ceased after the specified period (ii) those that are rejected by MAS and (iii) those whichContinue reading “DATA ON COMPANIES GRANTED EXEMPTION FROM HOLDING LICENCE UNDER PAYMENT SERVICES ACT”

UPDATE ON RESEARCH INITIATIVES GRANT UNDER GRANT FOR EQUITY MARKET SINGAPORE AND NOTABLE INITIATIVES DEVELOPED

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Prime Minister (a) how much of the Research Initiatives Grant under the Grant for Equity Market Singapore (GEMS) announced in 2019 to crowd-source initiatives to propel the development of Singapore’s equity research ecosystem has been awarded; and (b) what are some of the notable initiatives that have been developed throughContinue reading “UPDATE ON RESEARCH INITIATIVES GRANT UNDER GRANT FOR EQUITY MARKET SINGAPORE AND NOTABLE INITIATIVES DEVELOPED”

COS 2022: Bank Accounts for Ex-offenders

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song (Aljunied): Sir, I have increasingly been approached by for assistance by residents who face problems opening personal bank accounts. Their applications were rejected by banks either because of that past criminal records, past investigations for financial related crimes, or are currently under criminal investigation resulting in their bank accounts beingContinue reading “COS 2022: Bank Accounts for Ex-offenders”

COS 2022: Government Tele-services

Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied): Chairman, in spite of the greater use of smartphones and the evolution towards digitalisation, many, especially seniors, still prefer speaking to a physical individual at the end of a phone line as compared to a bot or an AI-inspired solution. A 2020 study supported by the National Medical Research Council showedContinue reading “COS 2022: Government Tele-services”