The Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker took the Chair.
Announcements by the Speaker
‘A’ : Question of privilege raised by the Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, MP
Presentation of Papers by the Speaker
The Performance Report of the National Police Commission for the Fourth quarter (01.10.2016 - 31.12.2016) of the year 2016, in terms of Article 41B (6) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Presentation of Papers
(i) 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 01.10.2017 to 31.10.2017 under Section 6(1) of the Appropriation Act, No. 24 of 2016
(ii) Notification made by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media under sections 2, 12, 22 and 25 read with Section 32 of the Excise Ordinance (Chapter 52) relating to Excise Duty on import of non-potable spirits and published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2044/33 of 09th November 2017 (Excise Notification No. 999)
Presentation of Reports from the Committees
The Report of the Select Committee of Parliament to discuss the Heads of Expenditure of the Ministries selected from the Budget Estimates of the year 2018 by the Chairman of the Committee, the Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe.
Presentation of Petitions
(i) Hon. Daya Gamage
(ii) Hon. Ranjith Aluvihare
(iii) Hon. Buddhika Pathirana
(iv) Hon. Ajith Mannapperuma - Four Petitions
(v) Hon. Prasanna Ranatunga
(Petitions stands referred to the Committee on Public Petitions)
Questions under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament
The Hon. Douglas Devananda
Fertilizer subsidy for the farmers in Kilinochchi district and Onion seeds for the farmers in Jaffna district
Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, the Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka replied to the Question raised by the Hon. Anura Dissanayaka under Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament on 24.11.2017 regarding the difficulties faced by the people due to the recent incident that took place in Galle, Gintota area.
Select Committee of Parliament to look into and report on the expenses incurred by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for the purchasing of the Office for the Sri Lankan Embassy in Brazil and the Office for the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York, USA, separately in respect of each premises
House agreed to the Motion moved by the Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, the Leader of the House of Parliament to grant an extension of time till 05 June 2018 as the Committee is unable to report its findings to Parliament within the time limit granted by the motion agreed to by the Parliament on 09 February 2017.
The Privilege motion that the question of privilege arising out of the matter raised by Hon. (Prof.) Ashu Marasinghe, M.P. on 18th November, 2017 in Parliament to the effect that privileges of the Members of Parliament have been infringed, moved by the Hon. Leader of the House of Parliament, was referred to the Committee on Privileges under Standing Order No. 127 of the Parliament.
Main Business of the House for Today
(i) Appropriation Bill (2018) - Committee
Today is the Twentieth Allotted Day of the Appropriation Bill (2018) – “Committee Stage Debate”.
(ii) Annual Report and Accounts of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation - 2013 (appearing as Item No. 2 of today’s Order Paper)
was approved by the House.
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1855 Hrs. until 0930 Hrs. on Wednesday 6th December 2017.
* This is an unedited version. For the official record of this day's proceedings, please refer the Hansard.