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Parliament has passed the 2018 Budget on Monday 9th April 2018 at the same time this current sitting is also adjourned to 18th July 2018.

The total money budgeted for this year is $3.7 billion but government is anticipating a supplementary to be brought before Parliament by middle of this year.
The current sitting is specially adjourned to the 18th of July, thus, it is only fair to anticipate the supplementary appropriation among other Bills that are listed for July.
With the continuation of this current sitting in July, as stated by Prime Minister, Hon. Rick Houenipwela, a number of Bills will be brought to Parliament, thus, the Bills and Legislation Committee is expected to do a lot of work at the time of adjournment.
The Prime Minister named some of Bills that will come in July as:
1. The Anti-Corruption Bill 2017
2. The Constitution (Amendment) (Dual Citizenship) Bill 2017
3. The Citizenship Bill 2017
4. The Constitution (Amendment) (Electoral Reform) Bill 2018
5. The Electoral Bill 2018

He said the reason for this adjournment is to give time for the Bills and Legislation Committee to work on the Bills that are yet to be concluded this year. Another is to give time for Members of Parliament, especially, those MPs that hold port folios to concentrate their attention to implementing their respective ministerial programs for 2018.

He added that he is acutely aware of the need for Members to visit their constituencies at least for the first quarter of this year, hence another reason for this special adjournment.

Meanwhile, Hon. Prime Minister registered his government’s deep appreciation to our development partners for their continued engagement in our development programs, particularly for this year.

“For answering the call we made last year to come on board to support us this year which they have and for that I am very grateful. I want to express and register the government’s gratitude.”

Prime Minister Rick Hou said the support and cooperation of our development partners will continue to be vital in our development aspirations.

Chairman of the Bills and Legislation Committee, Hon. Matthew Wale in his response to comments on the BLC work said his committee is ready and willing to do the work but encouraged government to submit the Bills to Parliament on time other than last minute submissions as the usual case.

“Give us ample time to get these things done,” Hon. Wale said.
He added that his committee recognizes that this is the final year of the House, thus, they want to make sure they get things done on time.


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