Dec 12, 2016

8 week suspension if MP touches mace Featured

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on December 10 tabled the final draft for amending parliamentary standing orders.

Amendments to the standing orders are being made after 20 years, following discussions for two years.

Among the amendments is a provision to suspend sittings for eight weeks of an MP found to have touched the ceremonial mace.

Also, time will be allocated to pose questions to the prime minister.

Accordingly, on the Wednesday of the first week of sittings every month, 30 minutes will be given to ask four questions from the PM.

Standing orders have also been changed to allow the use of electronic equipment for House voting.