Mr Speaker, my Colleague from Bawku Central discussed it with me yes- terday and if he had discussed it with me today, I would have told him that through the Constitution, I have seen, I believe, an answer to his problem.
Mr Speaker, when we look at article
110 (1) of the Constitution, it states, and with your permission, I beg to quote:
“Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, Parliament may, by standing orders, regulate its own procedure.”
Mr Speaker, that read together with ar- ticle 11 (1) (c) of the Constitution, which talks about the laws of Ghana and with your permission, if I may read that:
“(1) The laws of Ghana shall com- prise--
(c) any Orders, Rules and Regu- lations made by any person or au- thority under a power conferred by this Constitution;”
The combination of those two articles may lead us to the conclusion that our Standing Orders have constitutional back- ing; it is based on article 110 and 11 (1) (c) and therefore, there is not that need for it to continuously be reawakened by some Motion or something like that. Once it is made, based on these two provisions, it is part of the laws of Ghana.
Of course, Mr Speaker, the question of precedent, I think it has been debated in this House as my Mr Colleague, Hon Joseph Yieleh Chireh said, it has been debated that these precedents are of the persuasive authority.
Mr Speaker, indeed, even the process that says, for example, that matters before a particular Parliament lapse at the end of that Parliament leads us to the conclusion that each Parliament comes with its own life, with its own Speaker. And Mr Speak- er, as you said, you are now in a different world; you used to be in our world, so you cannot be bound by the decisions of former Speakers.