- Speaker decides on adjournment debate on PCoI report to be moved by Govt.
Parliament will hold the debate of the Easter Sunday report, which will be moved by the Government, next Wednesday, the Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has decided, an official said yesterday.
Accordingly, it was decided to take up the report of the Presidential Commission as an adjournment motion to be brought by the Government, said the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake.
Parliament Sittings will be held on 9 and 10 March as decided at the Committee meeting. Accordingly, Parliament will convene on 9 March at 10 a.m. and time will be allotted for questions for oral answers by the Members of Parliament from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The adjourned debate on Regulations under the National Gem and Jewellery Authority Act, a Regulation under the Foreign Exchange Act and Two Orders under the Export Development Act will be taken up for debate from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as decided by the Party Leaders during the Committee meeting, said Dasanayake.
Adding to it, the Secretary General of Parliament also stated that the Notice of Motion by the Women Parliamentarians’ Caucus to establish a Select Committee to look into and report to the Parliament its recommendations to ensure gender equity and equality with special emphasis on looking into gender-based discriminations and violations of women’s rights in Sri Lanka is also scheduled to be presented to the Parliament.
The motion at the adjournment time at 3:30 p.m. on 9 March brought in by Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Rohini Kumari Wijeratne will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. regarding the violation of women’s rights and the promotion of gender equality.
Although the Prime Minister’s Questions for Wednesday, 10 March will not be scheduled, time will be allotted for questions for oral answers by the Members of Parliament from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Thereafter, the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks will be debated from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. as an adjournment motion tabled by the ruling party.