PM’s expenditure: Only Govt. can submit motion

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Untitled-2By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera   

House Leader Dinesh Gunawardane said yesterday it was the government which could move a financial motion whereas the opposition handed over a motion to the Speaker limiting the Prime Minister’s expenditure.   

 

He told a news conference held at the parliament complex that the opposition had planned to move the motion in the House yesterday but they had to hand it over to the Deputy Speaker in writing.   
“He informed the opposition that their motion cannot be taken up today. According to Standing Orders, it has to be included in the order paper for five days,” Mr Gunawardane said.   
He said what they insisted from the beginning was to adhere to Standing Orders and added that only they as the government could present motions in parliament.   


“Parliament tradition is to inform and submit a motion in the House through the Leader of the House and Chief Government Whip. If someone is attempting to violate it, it is against the Standing Orders and the Constitution,” Mr. Gunawardena said.   


He said they would continue to function as the government and added that the agenda of the House would be prepared by the Office of the leader of the House and Chief Government Whip.   
He said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya did not preside over the proceedings of the House yesterday as he could not face their questions and due to his recent actions and sent the deputy speaker instead. 

 

 

Parliament tradition is to inform and submit a motion in the House  through the Leader of the House and Chief Government Whip. If someone is  attempting to violate it, it is against the Standing Orders and the  Constitution

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