The Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker took the Chair.
Announcements by the Speaker
‘A’ : Endorsement of the certificate on a Bill under Article 79 of the Constitution
Presentation of Papers by the Speaker
The Final Draft of the Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament
Presentation of Papers
(i) Supplementary Estimate No. 1 of 2017
(ii) Order made by the Minister of Higher Education and Highways under Section 27 (1) of the Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978 on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission with regard to the upgrading of English Language Teaching Unit to Department of English Language Teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of Rajarata University and Published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2025/38 of 30th June 2017
(iii) Order made by the Minister of Higher Education and Highways under Section 27 (1) of the Universities Act, No. 16 of 1978 on the recommendation of the University Grants Commission with regard to the establishment of a Department of English Language Teaching in the Faculty of Arts of University of Colombo and Published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2025/39 of 30th June 2017
Annual Performance Reports of the;
(iv) District Secretariat - Nuwara Eliya for the year 2016
(v) Department of National Museums for the year 2016
(vi) Food Commissioner’s Department for the year 2016
(vii) Sri Lanka Police for the year 2016
Annual Reports of the;
(viii) Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority for the year 2014
(ix) Lankaputhra Development Bank for the year 2014
Presentation of Reports from the Committees
(i) The Report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Health and Human Welfare, Social Empowerment was presented by its Chairman, the Hon. Lucky Jayawardana.
(ii) The Report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Business and Commerce was presented by the Hon. K. K. Piyadasa, member of the Committee on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, the Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana.
(iii) The Report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on International Relations was presented by its Chairman, the Hon. Ranjith Aluvihare.
(iv) The Report of the Committee on Public Finance was presented by its Chairman, the Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran.
Presentation of Petitions
(i) Hon. Nihal Galappaththi - Three Petitions
(ii) Hon. Wijepala Hettiarachchi - Two Petitions
(Petitions stands referred to the Committee on Public Petitions)
Questions asked from the Prime Minister
Three Questions were asked by following Members of Parliament:-
(i) The Hon. S. M. Marikkar
(ii) The Hon. (Dr.) Nalinda Jayathissa
(iii) The Hon. S. Shritharan
Questions under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament
The Hon. Douglas Devananda
Protecting the population of Horses (Mule) in Delft area in Jaffna peninsula
Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife replied to the above Question.
Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture replied to the Question raised by the Hon. Anura Dissanayaka under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament on 28.07.2017 regarding the Consignment of the Production of Agricultural seeds to a foreign company.
Private Members’ Bills
(i) The Hon. Velu Kumar was granted leave to introduce the following Bill, entitled
“Aravind Kumar Foundation (Incorporation)”
(ii) The Hon. Bandula Lal Bandarigoda was granted leave to introduce the following Bill, entitled
“K.K. Piyadasa Foundation (Incorporation)”
The above Bills (i) and (ii) were referred to the Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage for report to Parliament under Standing Order 47(5) of the Parliament.
Main Business of the House for Today
The following Items (appearing as Item Nos. 1 and 2 of today’s Order Paper) were passed by the House:-
(i) Regulations under the Marine Pollution Prevention Act
(ii) Revision of Salaries and Allowances to the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka
Motion at the Adjournment Time
Motion at the Adjournment Time on “Possibility of taking over of Kinniya and Muttur Base Hospitals from the Eastern Provincial Council to the Central Government” was proposed by the Hon. Imran Maharoof.
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1834 Hrs. until 1030 Hrs. on Thursday 10th August 2017.
* This is an unedited version. For the official record of this day's proceedings, please refer the Hansard.