Parliament Sittings begin today

Parliament Sittings will commence today (5) at 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. The entire day has been allocated for Oral Answers by MPs.

The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake stated that this decision was arrived at by the Committee on Parliamentary Business,  given the Motion moved by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Leader of the House,  Dinesh Gunawardena to allow 50 Questions for Oral Answers.

The Motion to appoint the Select Committee of Parliament to identify appropriate reforms to Election Laws and the electoral system and to recommend amendments is scheduled on the same day, the Secretary General said.

He said the Committee on Parliamentary Business has also decided to hold the Adjournment debate pertaining to the final report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate and inquire into and Report or take necessary action on the Bomb Attacks on 21st April, 2019 to be taken up for the 4th consecutive day on 7April. The Committee on Parliamentary Business has also decided to into debate the ‘Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on the Political Victimisations’ on 8 and 9.  

On 6 April, three Regulations und0000000er the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, two Orders under the Strategic Development Projects Act, a Resolution for the Revision of Salary and Allowances of the Director-General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption is scheduled to be taken for debate.

Meanwhile, two questions of urgent public importance at adjournment time of each Sitting Day, one each from the Government and Opposition for 20 minutes within the time allocated for the motion at the adjournment was agreed to be permitted.This was in response to an inquiry made by Chief Opposition Whip, Lakshman Kiriella.