Select committee membership nominations to be called at 4th Parliament session

It was decided at yesterday’s party leaders’ meeting to call for select committee membership nominations at Parliament’s fourth session. This was mentioned in a press release issued by the Parliament Communication Department.

Accordingly, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has informed party leaders and political party representatives to submit their nominations before 3.00 p.m., Thursday, to the Secretary-General’s Office. The relevant proposals are scheduled to be included into the Order Paper on January 21.

According to Standing Order 114 of Parliament, a committee shall be appointed at the beginning of each session as a Committee of Selection, under which the matters pertaining the appointment of Members of Parliament to serve in other committees will be decided.

The Committee of Selection shall consist of the Speaker, who shall be the Chair, and 12 Members of Parliament, including the leaders of political parties or their nominees, at the commencement of each session.

Parliament has also decided to meet on January 21 and 22, from 1.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.; and on January 23 and 24, from 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Nine regulations under the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act are to be debated on January 21, while three regulations under the Construction Industry and Development Act are to be discussed on January 22.

Four orders under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance are to be debated on January 23, while the vote of condolence of late member of Parliament Ranjith de Zoysa has been scheduled for January 24.

Yesterday’s meeting was chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Leader of the House, Dinesh Gunawardena; Chief Government Whip, Johnston Fernando; Opposition Leader, Sajith Premadasa; as well as Parliamentarians Ajith P. Perera, Lakshman Kiriella and Ravi Karunanayake; were also present at the event.

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