Because of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Committee on Parliament Business, which met today at the Parliament Complex, decided to restrict Parliament’s sessions to one day next week.
Parliament will therefore convene only from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on 03 November, and two regulations to the Medical Ordinance submitted by Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi will be taken up for debate on that day.
The Questions for Oral Responses, the Parliament’s Department of Communication said, would also not be allocated time.
In the meantime, the Committee on Parliamentary Business, chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardhane, agreed to meet on 12 November 2020 and to adopt, after 2nd and 3rd reading, the Appropriation Bill submitted by the Minister of Finance for service expenditure for the 2020 financial year.
It has been decided not to allow anyone other than Members of Parliament, Invited Officers, Security Personnel and the Parliament staff to enter the Parliament complex on the sitting days.
The media will also not be allowed to enter the Parliament premises to cover parliamentary sittings, the statement said.
Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip Johnston Fernando, Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella, Ministers Prof. G.L Peiris, Dullas Alahapperuma, Mahinda Amaraweera, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Prasanna Ranatunga, Ali Sabri, and MPs Mahinda Samarasinghe, Rauff Hakeem, Dilan Perera, as well as the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake and the Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff Neil Iddawela were present at the meeting.