Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has announced that a committee will be appointed to look into the unruly incidents reported within the Parliament chamber, on Friday and Saturday.
At the commencement of Parliament proceedings this morning, Speaker Abeywardena said the committee comprising senior Members of Parliament will be appointed to conduct a probe and submit a report.
Joining the debate Leader of the House Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said they have a responsibility to prevent a Member of Parliament from obstructing the duties of the Speaker and threatening him, regardless of whether it is a government or opposition MP.
Minister Gunawardena noted they have a responsibility to safeguard the Speaker and ensure proceedings can continue.
The Minister added the incident was reported in the evening, claiming there was a power outage in Parliament prior to the incident.
He stressed it is a dangerous situation if the power supply in Parliament is disrupted. Minister Gunawardena noted if frequent checks are carried out, such a situation can be avoided.
The Minister stressed the government has provided necessary funds through the Treasury, for this purpose. He added officials must ensure they fulfil their responsibilities.
Joining the debate Chief Government Whip Minister Johnston Fernando said some claim the Speaker carries out duties based on the agenda of the government, claiming such incidents took place during the term of the former government.
Minister Fernando said government MPs were only allocated two to three minutes, adding if the opposition MPs are allowed to talk for longer and are allocated time after 5pm, it is an injustice to MPs who spoke during the morning.
He urged the Speaker to investigate the matter and ensure it does not repeat in the future.
Minister Fernando said another alleged incident took place the next day and urged the Speaker to investigate the relevant incident as well. He noted the government will not object to such moves.