Parliament activities were disrupted by the power outage that affected the entire island today.
Addressing the House, Chief Government Whip Minister Johnston Fernando said several activities including the live telecast of Parliamentary proceedings were disrupted due to a power outage for several minutes this afternoon.
Minister Fernando requested the Speaker of House to immediately summon the Criminal Investigation Department to conduct an investigation into the power outage in Parliament.
However, no attempt has been made thus far to conduct an investigation into the inconvenience caused to the general public by the power outage which lasted over five hours.
Speaking in Parliament, Minister Fernando said he was just informed that the responsibility of supplying power to the Parliament was vested with the Ceylon Electricity Board.
The Minister said the Speaker was responsible for Parliament claiming all its members are very important.
He requested the Speaker not to outsource the responsibility of supplying power to Parliament and also requested for an engineer to be employed to oversee administration of power in Parliament.
Minister Fernando also commended the Chief Opposition Whip Parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella for agreeing with him.