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
‘B’ : Receipt of the copies of petitions filed at the Supreme Court
Presentation of Papers
(i) Report of the Auditor General on the Accounts of the National Defence Fund for the year 2014
(ii) Note on Supplementary Allocations from the Supplementary Support Services and Contingent Liabilities Project appearing under Expenditure Head No. 240 of the Department of National Budget for the period from 01.07.2017 to 31.07.2017 under Section 6(1) of the Appropriation Act, No. 24 of 2016
Annual Reports of the;
(iii) Homoeopathic Medical Council for the year 2013
(iv) Lanka Phosphate Ltd for the year 2015/16
(v) Regulations made by the Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade under Section 20 read with Subsection (3) of Section 4 and Section 14 of the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, No. 1 of 1969 amended by Acts, No. 48 of 1985 and No. 28 of 1987 relating to import license and standardization and quality control regulations 2017 and published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2032/10 of 15th August 2017
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 Economic Development was presented by its Chairman, the Hon. J. M. Ananda Kumarasiri.
(iii) The Report of the Committee on Public Finance was presented by the Hon. (Prof.) Ashu Marasinghe, member of the Committee on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, the Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran.
Presentation of Petitions
(i) Hon. (Dr.) Kavinda Heshan Jayawardana
(ii) Hon. Sujith Sanjaya Perera
(iii) Hon. Wijepala Hettiarachchi
(Petitions stands referred to the Committee on Public Petitions)
Questions asked from the Prime Minister
Four Questions were asked by following Members of Parliament:-
(i) Hon. M. H. M. Salman
(ii) Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma
(iii) Hon. Bimal Rathnayake
(iv) Hon. (Mrs.) Shanthi Sriskandarasa
Questions under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament
(i) The Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena
Statement regarding the position of the government in regard to the war crimes prosecutions against the former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya
(ii) The Hon. Douglas Devananda
Increase in retail price of imported and local rice throughout the country including Northern Province after the lifting of its price control
Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade made a Ministerial Statement regarding the misleading News report telecast by “Sirasa” News channel.
Motions for Leave of Absence
Leave of Parliament was granted to the Hon. R. M. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Member of Parliament for Monaragala Electoral District to be absent from sittings of Parliament with effect from 20.09.2017, moved by the Hon. Chief Government Whip.
Presentation of Bills
The Hon. Chief Government Whip moved the Bill entitled
“Motor Traffic (Amendment)”
to amend the Motor Traffic Act (Chapter 203).
Main Business of the House for Today
The following Items (appearing as Item Nos. 1 to 4 of today’s Order Paper) were passed by the House:-
(i) Three Orders under the Excise (Special Provisions) Act
(ii) Regulation under the Stamp duty (Special Provisions) Act
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1816 Hrs. until 0930 Hrs. on Thursday 7th September 2017.
* This is an unedited version. For the official record of this day's proceedings, please refer the Hansard.