PARLIAMENT

OF SRI LANKA

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Sessions of Parliament

First Parliament - House of Representatives
 
First Session
First Meeting 14 October 1947
Summoned*

25 November 1947

Prorogued 31 January 1948
*Governor - His Excellency Sir Henry Monek-Mason Moore, G.C.M.G.
 
Second Session
Summoned* 10 February 1948
Prorogued 17 June 1949
*The Second Session, the first after Independence, was opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester.
 
Third Session
Summoned* 12 July 1949
Prorogued 06 April 1950
*His Excellency Rt. Hon. Lord Soulbury's first Speech from the Throne to both Houses of Parliament after he was appointed Governor-General.
 
Fourth Session
Summoned 20 June 1950
Prorogued 24 April 1951
 
Fifth Session
Summoned 20 June 1951
Dissolved 08 April 1952

 

Second Parliament - House of Representatives
 
First Session
First Meeting 09 June 1952
Summoned

10 June 1952

Prorogued 29 April 1953
 
Second Session
Summoned 07 July 1953
Prorogued 31 March 1954
 
Third Session
Summoned* 12 April 1954
Prorogued 27 April 1955
*The Third Session was declared open by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
 
Fourth Session
Summoned* 07 June 1955
Dissolved 18 February 1956
*His Excellency Sir Oliver Goonetilleke's first Speech from the Throne to both Houses of Parliament after he was appointed Governor-General.

 

Third Parliament - House of Representatives
 
First Session
First Meeting 19 April 1956
Summoned

20 April 1956

Prorogued 03 May 1957
 
Second Session
Summoned 13 June 1957
Prorogued 15 May 1958
 
Third Session
Summoned* 04 June 1958
Prorogued 23 May 1959
*The date fixed for the summoning of the Third Session was 12 June 1958, but owing to declaration of a State of Emergency Parliament was summoned to meet on 04 June 1958.
 
Fourth Session
Summoned 30 June 1959
Dissolved 05 December 1959

 

Fourth Parliament - House of Representatives

 
First Session
First Meeting 30 March 1960
Summoned

06 April 1960

Dissolved 23 April 1960

 

Fifth Parliament - House of Representatives

 
First Session
First Meeting 05 August 1960
Summoned

12 August 1960

Prorogued 04 July 1961
 
Second Session
Summoned 13 July 1961
Prorogued 20 June 1962
 
Third Session
Summoned 11 July 1962
Prorogued 06 May 1963
 
Fourth Session
Summoned* 17 July 1963
Prorogued 12 March 1964
*His Excellency Mr. William Gopallawa's first speech from the Throne to both Houses of Parliament after he was appointed Governor-General.
 
Fifth Session
Summoned 02 July 1964
Prorogued 12 November 1964
 
Sixth Session
Summoned 20 November 1964
Dissolved 17 December 1964 (Gaz. No. 14259)

 

Sixth Parliament - House of Representatives

 
First Session
First Meeting 05 April 1965
Summoned

09 April 1965

Prorogued 22 June 1966
 
Second Session
Summoned 08 July 1966
Prorogued 20 June 1967
 
Third Session
Summoned 08 July 1967
Prorogued 22 June 1968
 
Fourth Session
Summoned 07 July 1968
Prorogued 25 June 1969
 
Fifth Session
Summoned 10 July 1969
Dissolved 25 March 1970 (Gaz. No. 14898)

 

Seventh Parliament - House of Representatives

 
 
First Session
First Meeting 07 June 1970
Summoned

14 June 1970

Prorogued 23 March 1971
 
Second Session
Summoned 28 March 1971
Parliament Ends 22 May 1972
With the promulgation of the Constitution of Sri Lanka on 22 May 1972 the National State Assembly superseded the Parliament.

 

First National State Assembly

First Meeting 22 May 1972
Prorogued

10 February 1977

Dissolved 18 May 1977 (Gaz. No. 265/8)

 

Second National State Assembly

   
First Meeting 04 August 1977
National State Assembly Ends

07 September 1978

The First Meeting of the Second National State Assembly was fixed for 26 August 1977, but after the General Election of July the new Prime Minister, Mr. J. R. Jayewardene advised the President to summon the NSA to meet on 04 August 1977 - Gaz. No. 275/15 of 28.07.77.

 

First Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka

 
First Parliament came into being on the promulgation of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on 7 September 1978 whereby the National State Assembly was superseded by Parliament.

By the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution which was approved by the People at a Referendum on 22 December 1982 the duration of the First Parliament was extended until 4 August 1989. But was dissolved on 20 December 1988, the day following the Second Presidential Election.
 
First Session
First Meeting 07 September 1978
Prorogued 26 March 1982
 
Second Session
Summoned 29 April 1982
Prorogued 07 January 1983
 
Third Session
Summoned 09 February 1983
Prorogued 19 January 1984
 
Fourth Session
Summoned 23 February 1984
Prorogued 25 January 1985
 
Fifth Session
Summoned 20 February 1985
Prorogued 31 January 1986
 
Sixth Session
Summoned 20 February 1986
Prorogued 27 January 1987 (Gaz. 438/2 of 27.01.87)
 
Seventh Session
Summoned 19 February 1987 (Gaz. 438/3 of 27.01.87)
Prorogued 22 January 1988 (Gaz. 489/38 of 22.01.88)
 
Eight Session
Summoned 25 February 1988 (Gaz. 489/38 of 22.01.88)
Dissolved 20 December 1988 (Gaz. 537/2 of 20.12.88)

 

Second Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka

 
First Session
Summoned 09 March 1989
Prorogued 23 March 1990 (Gaz. 602/21 of 23.03.90)
 
Second Session
Summoned 04 April 1990 (Gaz. 602/22 of 23.03.90)
Prorogued 21 March 1991 (Gaz. 654/13 of 21.03.91)
 
Third Session
Summoned 19 April 1991 (Gaz. 654/14 of 21.03.91)
Prorogued 30 August 1991 (Gaz. 677/15 of 30.08.91)
 
Fourth Session
Summoned 24 September 1991 (Gaz. 677/16 of 30.08.91)
Prorogued 23 March 1993 (Gaz. 759/4 of 23.03.93)
 
Fifth Session
Summoned 22 April 1993 (Gaz. 759/5 of 23.03.93)
Dissolved 24 June 1994 (Gaz. 824/18 of 24.06.94)

 

Third Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka

 
First Session
Summoned 25 August 1994 (Gaz. 833/9 of 24.08.94)
Prorogued 15 December 1994 (Gaz. 849/16 of 15.12.94)
 
Second Session
Summoned 06 January 1995 (Gaz. 849/16 of 15.12.94)
Prorogued 12 January 1996 (Gaz. 905/15 of 12.01.96)
 
Third Session
Summoned 09 February 1996 (Gaz. 905/16 of 12.01.96)
Dissolved 18 August 2000 (Gaz.1145/26 of 18.08. 2000)

 

Fourth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka

 
First Session
Summoned 18 October 2000 (Gaz. 1145/26 of 18.08.2000)
Prorogued 27 October 2000 (Gaz. 1155/17 of 27.10.2000)
 
Second Session
Summoned 09 November 2000 (Gaz. 1155/17 of 27.10.2000)
Prorogued 10 July 2001 (Gaz. 1192/14 of 10.07.2001)
 
Third Session
Summoned* 06 September 2001 (Gaz. 1199/31 of 02.09.2001)
*The date fixed for the summoning of the third session was 07 September 2001 but it was advanced to meet on 06 September 2001 on the request of the JVP to form a probationary government (PA+JVP).
Dissolved 10 October 2001 (Gaz. 1205/12 of 10.10.2001)

 

Fifth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka
 
First Session
Summoned 19 December 2001 (Gaz. 1214/23 of 12.12.2001)
Prorogued 03 November 2003 (Gaz. 1313/06 of 03.11.2003)
 
Second Session
Summoned 19 November 2003 (Gaz. 1313/06 of 03.11.2003)
Dissolved 07 February 2004 (Gaz. 1326/13 of 07.02.2004)

 

Sixth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka
 
First Session
Summoned 22 April 2004 (Gaz. 1335/20 of 08.04.2004)
Prorogued 21 November 2005 (Gaz. 1420/1 of 21.11.2005)
 
Second Session
Summoned 25 November 2005 (Gaz. 1420/1 of 21.11.2005)
Prorogued 06 May 2008 (Gaz. 1548/18 of 06.05.2008)
 
Third Session
Summoned 05 June 2008 (Gaz. 1548/19 of 06.05.2008)
Prorogued 17 May 2009 (Gaz. 1601/40 of 17.05.2009)
 
Fourth Session
Summoned 19 May 2009 (Gaz. 1601/41 of 17.05.2009)
Dissolved 09 February 2010 (Gaz. 1640/16 of 09.02.2010)
Reconvened the Parliament on 09 March 2010 (in order that the fact of the making the emergency proclamation be communicated to Parliament) - Gaz. 1643/20 of 02.03.2010

 

Seventh Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka
 
First Session
Summoned 22 April 2010 (Gaz. 1648/2 of 05.04.2010 & Gaz. 1648/14 of 08.04.2010)
Dissolved 26 June 2015 (Gaz. 1920/38 of 26.06.2015)

 

Eighth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka
 
First Session
Summoned 01 September 2015 (Gaz. 1929/13 of 26.08.2015)

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