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Budget 2024 : Dates announced

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The Parliament is scheduled to meet from November 7th to 10th

The Appropriation Bill (Budget) for the fiscal year 2024 is to be submitted to the Parliament by the President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance on the 13th Monday at around 12.00 p.m, stated the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

On the 19th of October 2023, the Committee on Parliamentary Business met under the Chairmanship of Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, the Speaker and has agreed in this regard. Accordingly, time has been allotted on Tuesday 7th November 2023, from 9.30 am to 10.30 am for Questions for Oral Answers.

The Second Reading of the Dassana Bauddha Sanvidhanaya (Incorporation) Bill has been scheduled for 10.30 am and time from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m has been allotted for the Second Reading of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill.

Thereafter, time has been allotted for Questions at the Adjournment Time from 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

On Wednesday, November 08th, time has been allotted for Questions for Oral Answers from 9.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and Questions to be asked from the Prime Minister has been scheduled from 10.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Thereafter, time from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m has been set apart to take up the Second Reading of the Contempt of a Court, Tribunal or Institution Bill and the Second Reading of the Civil Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m, time has been allotted for the Motion at the Adjournment Time by the Government.

On Thursday, November 09th, following Questions for Oral Answers scheduled from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m, time has been allotted to take up the Order under the Sri Lanka Export Development Act, Regulations under the Imports and Exports (Control) Act, Regulations under the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Act from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Thereafter the supplementary estimate No. 01 is also scheduled to be submitted for the approval of 231.5 billion rupees for the fiscal year 2023.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m, time has also been allotted for the Questions at the Adjournment Time (Two Questions)

On Friday, November 10th, following Questions for Oral Answers scheduled from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m, time has been allotted for the consideration of Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill, Second Reading of the Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Bill

Thereafter, the Second Reading of the Galaha Bhaddrawathie National Bhikkhu Care Centre Trust Bill is scheduled to be taken up from 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

From 5.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m, time has been allotted for the Motion at the Adjournment Time by the Opposition.

The President Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to present the Second Reading of the Appropriation Bill for the year 2024 or the ‘Budget Speech’ to the Parliament at 12.00 pm on November 13th, Monday. Thereafter, from November 14th to 21st, the Second Reading debate of the Appropriation Bill (Budget) will be held for 7 days excluding Sundays, the Secretary General said.

Furthermore, the vote for the Second Reading of the budget is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 6:00 pm. Thereafter, it has been decided to hold the Committee debate for 19 days from Wednesday, the 22nd of November to Wednesday, the 13th of December, excluding Sundays. Accordingly, the vote on the Third Reading of the budget for the financial year 2024 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, the 13th of December at 6:00 p.m.

During the budget debate period, the debate is scheduled to be held every day from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm and the Adjournment debate will be held from 6.00 pm to 6.30 pm everyday except on the date of vote.

 

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