Debates of 20 Mar 2017

MR SPEAKER
PRAYERS 10:20 a.m.

PASTE COMMUNICATION -- 10:20 a.m.

VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND THE OFFICIAL REPORT 10:20 a.m.

Mr Speaker 10:20 a.m.
Hon Members, item numbered 2 on the Order Paper -- Correction of Votes and Proceedings and the Official Report.
  • [No correction was made to the Votes and Proceedings of Friday 17th March, 2017.]
  • Mr Speaker 10:20 a.m.
    Hon Members, no Statements have been admitted for today. We will move on to the Commencement of Public Business.
    A number of Papers have been listed to be presented but as discussed among Leadership, if they are not ready, we may well break quickly into committees and make sure that the relevant work we need to do is ready when we come later.
    Hon Deputy Majority Leader?
    Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo 10:20 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, rightly so.
    As is evident on the Order Paper, there are a number of Papers to be laid on the Budget Estimates. Again, there are a number of committee meetings to work on the Estimates as well. So, as you have rightly indicated, it would be the best direction to take if we could adjourn the House, so that Hon Members could go into their various committees to work on the Budget Estimates, so that tomorrow, we could conduct meaningful business in the House.
    Mr Speaker 10:20 a.m.
    Hon Minority Leader?
    Mr Haruna Iddrisu 10:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, as you guided us at the pre-Sitting meeting, it is necessary for the committees to work in order that we exercise diligent and proper oversight.
    But Mr Speaker, we are concerned that for a good number of the Ministries, the Budget Estimates are still not ready and not available for scrutiny.
    Mr Speaker, I understand that the Budget Estimates for the Ministries of Roads and Highways, Health, and that of Works and Housing, are not ready.
    Mr Speaker, so, yes, we could break into committees to work, but they must bring what we need to work with, which are the Estimates of the various Ministries. I wish to remind them that we have only up to the 30 th March, 2017 for the approval, which was given in lieu of Appropriation to lapse. Therefore, we need to work as you have guided, to ensure that we are able to approve of the Appropriation on or about the 30th or 31st March, 2017, as the Hon Majority Leader stated the last time.
    With this, we would be guided by you adjourning the House and the Leadership to ensure that, the Estimates of the Ministries are made available for the committees to work much more effectively.
    Thank you.
    Mr Speaker 10:30 a.m.
    I have been informed by the Table Office, that the vast majority of these Reports have been lodged this morning and so -- [Interruption.] --
    Hon Members, you would not ask me questions while I speak. [Laughter.] -- I have not even finished speaking and I must insist that this is not too noble of
    ANNOUNCEMENTS 10:30 a.m.

    Ms Sarah Adwoa Safo 10:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, rightly so.
    I beg to move, that this House be adjourned to tomorrow at 10 o'clock in the forenoon.
    Mr Haruna Iddrisu 10:30 a.m.
    Mr Speaker, I beg to second the Motion for adjournment.
    Mr Speaker 10:30 a.m.
    Thank you very much.
    The Motion for adjournment has been moved and seconded, in the hope that we shall all retire to the relevant committees, do the relevant work and come back tomorrow morning.
    For the purposes of the public, you would want to know that Parliament does not only Sit in this plenary, it also Sits in a number of committees in order to do the work of the nation.
    Question put and Motion agreed to.
    ADJOURNMENT 10:30 a.m.