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Essential services proclamations before Parliament today

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The Committee on Parliamentary Business, which met on 08 Nov. has paid attention to providing more opportunities to speakers taking part in the Budget debate after the presentation of the Budget by the Finance Minister on the 12th at 2:00 pm, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake states. The debate is scheduled to continue till December 10.

According to the Secretary General, matters pertaining to the Budget period, including the security of Parliament, were taken up for discussion at the Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by the Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Accordingly, it has also been decided to limit the time allowed for questions under Standing Order 27 (2) to a maximum of 10 minutes during the Budget period.

It was also decided to give the government and the Opposition one day for the Motion at the Time of Adjournment during the debate period. It was also agreed to continue the budget debate until 5.30 pm if there is a Motion at the Time of Adjournment is not scheduled to be held.

The Proclamation made and Published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2251/64 of 29th October 2021 and Schedule thereto, by virtue of the powers vested with the President making the services of a number of institutions and sectors as essential services has been scheduled be taken up in Parliament for approval on the 10th.

This Gazette Extraordinary was issued recently in accordance with the powers vested in the President under Section 2 of the Essential Public Services Act No. 61 of 1979.



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