Mr Speaker, I am happy that you are bringing us back on track to deal with matters relating to the Business Statement.
I think it is important that we have fairness, as a Colleague just alluded to. A person, my Colleague in blue there, Hon Muntala raised an issue and asked for your ruling, and when we thought that you were going to rule on that, you admitted some further commentaries with the Hon Okudzeto Ablakwa, making serious allusions.
Mr Speaker, you have indeed, brought him back on track, but first of all, it is important for him to know that the Select and Standing Committees of this House are committees of this House and not committees for Mr Speaker. It is important that he gets that. The second thing is, when he says that some behaviour is incongruous, illogical and unprincipled and so on.
Mr Speaker, you yourself have said that you are the sole person responsible for admitting Questions and that is according to Standing Order 66 (1). Once Mr Speaker admits the Question, if anybody says that what has been done is incongruous, illogical, unprincipled, then he is questioning the conduct of Mr Speaker.
Mr Speaker, I think you would draw his attention to Order 93 (5), which should tell him and teach him that he cannot question the conduct of Mr Speaker.
Having said so, Mr Speaker, the Business Statement has provided for Statements. The ensuing week would be the week for the budget. Mr Speaker, we would have a very short time to hear the budget and to consider it. As you do know,
we normally require a minimum of about six weeks. But given the exigencies of the times, it may not be possible to do that.
That is why I am suggesting that -- and I do know that you have several Statements with you; so, if you can clear them for us to have as many as possible.
I am talking about the Statements, next week. I do know that many of them are coming from the new Members of Parliament who would want to break their stage fright. Thanks; I guess, the Hon Fritz Baffour, a man of theatre who knows what I mean by “stage fright” and people who may suffer from tongue-tiedness.
Mr Speaker, so, I may want to appeal to you, that in particular, relating to the new Members of Parliament, if you can allow as many Statements as possible, beginning next week Tuesday before we have the budget. That is before maybe, the serious matter relating to the debate on the President's State of the Nation Address begins.
Mr Speaker, I thank you.