Mr Speaker, thank you very much once again.
I believe this is a House of record and that is why we have the Hansard, the Official Report. It is important that we go back to it and know what the position was. When the Hon Chairman took off, he just referred to clause 2, which is not our practice. He should have referred to the specific subclause of clause 2.
Indeed, Mr Speaker, I am refreshing my memory and I hope my memory would not fail me. It was the Hon Minority Leader, who referred to the Memorandum and referred in particular, to paragraph 5.
Mr Second Deputy Speaker -- This is because we needed to take a certain policy decision on small scale mining and whether foreigners associated with the businesses of small scale mining should not be given adequate and commensurate punishment to reflect the policy understanding as the Hon Minority Leader quoted. And with your permission, I am quoting. He read;
“With regard to the activity of small scale illegal mining or ‘galamsey', their activities have reached epic proportions in the country…”
I recall the Hon Minority Leader taking us through this. And so, Hon Chairman and Hon Minister, what we said in debating this was that, are foreigners even
to take part in small scale mining? My understanding of the law and practice is that, it is a preserve only for Ghanaians and, therefore, one cannot go giving those low punishments. Particularly so, if the foreigner knows that,in going to do an illegal gold mining, he would get a gold bar worth US$1million, what does seventeen thousand penalty units or thirty thousand penalty units mean to that person?
To borrow the word of the Hon Minority Leader, this was the gravamen where we got to, and there was conflict which was unresolved.
So, Mr Speaker, we should proceed from that.