A decision has been reached to appoint a committee comprising four members to further study and make recommendations regarding the establishment of three Standing Committees.
The decision was reached at the meeting of the Committee on Parliamentary Business held yesterday (8).
Accordingly, the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on Economic Stabilisation are expected to be established as new standing committees.
Accordingly, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry, Parliamentarians Harsha de Silva, MA Sumanthiran and Sagara Kariyawasam were appointed to the committee.
The Committee is bestowed with the task of analysing whether the functions of the existing standing committees, the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Finance overlap with the new standing committees and make necessary recommendations for reconsideration if necessary.
Accordingly, it was agreed that the Committee on Parliamentary Business will meet next Friday to take further steps related to these recommendations.
Furthermore, according to a request made by the Opposition regarding increasing time for the debate on the 2023 Appropriation Bill (Budget), it has been decided to extend the debate for the Committee stage by one and a half hours.
Accordingly, the Committee Stage of the Budget debate will be held from November 23rd to December 7th until 7:00 p.m. and the vote for the Third Reading is scheduled to be held on December 8th at 5:00 PM as previously decided.
Meanwhile, the Secretary General said that the Committee also decided to provide a glass of milk for free to the school children who daily come to visit the Parliament. Accordingly, the approval of the committee was given to execute this proposal from next year subjected to a maximum of 500 children per day.