The Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the Speaker took the Chair.
Announcements by the Speaker
‘A’ : Joint Annual General Meeting
Presentation of Papers by the Speaker
The Progress Report of the Public Service Commission for the Third quarter of 2017 (01.07.2017 - 30.09.2017) in terms of Articles 41B (6) and 55(5) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Presentation of Reports from the Committees
(i) The Report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Sustainable Development and Environment and Natural Resources was presented by the Hon. Nihal Galappaththi, member of the Committee on behalf of the Chairperson of the Committee, the Hon. (Mrs.) Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi.
(ii) The Report of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Business and Commerce was presented by the Hon. Chaminda Wijesiri, member of the Committee on behalf of the Chairman of the Committee, the Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana.
(iii) The Committee on Public Finance was presented by its Chairman, the Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran.
Presentation of Petitions
(i) Hon. T. B. Ekanayake
(ii) Hon. Sujeewa Senasinghe
(iii) Hon. Wimalaweera Dissanayaka
(Petitions stands referred to the Committee on Public Petitions)
(i) Minister of Higher Education and Highways, the Hon. Lakshman Kiriella made a Ministerial Statement regarding the recruitment in North and East for Ministry of Higher Education and Highways
(ii) Minister of Disaster Management, the Hon. Anura Priyadharshana Yapa replied to the Question raised by the Hon. Douglas Devananda under the Standing Order 23(2) of the Parliament on 07.12.2017 regarding issuing of weather forecast announcements in Tamil by the Meteorology Department
Main Business of the House for Today
(i) Appropriation Bill (2018) - Committee
Today is the Twenty Fourth Allotted Day of the Appropriation Bill (2018) – “Committee Stage Debate”.
The Appropriation Bill (Budget) 2018 was passed with amendments by the House today, with a majority of 99 votes.
The following Items (appearing as Item Nos. 2 to 23 of today’s Order Paper) were approved by the House:-
(ii) Notification under the Excise Ordinance
(iii) Order under the Excise (Special Provisions) Act
(iv) Thirteen Orders under the Special Commodity Levy Act
(v) Resolution under the Customs Ordinance
(vi) Four Notifications under the Excise Ordinance
(vii) Resolution under the Customs Ordinance
(viii) Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill - Division was taken (137 in favour; 49 against)
The Parliament was, thereafter adjourned at 1847 Hrs. until 0930 Hrs. on Monday 11th December 2017.
* This is an unedited version. For the official record of this day's proceedings, please refer the Hansard.