First sitting of the new year on January 17

Secretary General of the Parliament, Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said that it was decided in the Committee on Parliamentary Business held (Dece- 05) under the patronage of Speaker Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene, that the Parliament will meet on Tuesday the 13th instead of next Saturday the 10th.

Earlier it was decided to hold Parliament sittings on the 10th and the entire day was reserved for Questions for Oral Answers.

Accordingly, the entire day of Tuesday 13th has been reserved for Questions for Oral Answers and as previously decided, the second reading debate of the Value Added Tax (Amendment) and Inland Revenue (Amendment) Bills will be held on Friday 9th, the Secretary General said. Furthermore, the committee has agreed to hold the vote on the third reading of the Appropriation Bill to be held on the 8th at 5.00 pm.

It has been decided to present the Order mentioned in Gazette No. 2308/62 dated 03.12.2022 under the Essential Public Service Act No. 61 of 1979, published by the President, for approval on the 8th.

Also, it was decided in the Committee on Parliamentary Business that after the 13 th , the next sitting of Parliament will be on 17th January 2023, the General Secretary said.

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