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What’s On The New Parliament Calendar

Maiden speeches are likely to continue tomorrow and even Friday morning. That would leave urgent parliamentary business to be dealt with on Friday before the session is adjourned to  October
15 Oct 2014 10:21
What’s On The New Parliament Calendar
Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum & Opposition Finance spokesperson Dr Biman Prasad

Maiden speeches are likely to continue tomorrow and even Friday morning.

That would leave urgent parliamentary business to be dealt with on Friday before the session is adjourned to  October 21, the Budget Day.

MPs will take a break and come refreshed to listen to the Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, deliver his first Budget.

Parliament will then adjourn and resume sitting on December 1.
During this interval, between November 24-28, the caucuses of the Opposition and Government will informally meet to discuss the Budget.

For the Opposition, this will be a valuable time to dissect and analyse the Budget and prepare its response.

National Federation Party leader and economist Dr Biman Prasad is likely to present the Opposition response to the Budget.

All the Opposition MPs are expected to be critical of the Budget. Government MPs will prepare their defence against a flood of criticisms from the Opposition. MPs will debate the Budget from December 1 to December 12 when the House will vote on it. It is expected to be passed on the same day because of the Government’s overwhelming majority.

Parliament will then adjourn for the Christmas-New Year break.

It resumes on February 9, next year.

The calendar for the 2014-2015 year was passed by Parliament yesterday. The leader of Government business in the House, Pio Tikoduadua, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, moved the motion for its adoption.

In this Friday’s sitting, items to be included in the business, have not been finalised.

If there are any, they will be regarded as urgent.

One item that could be introduced is Daylight Saving.  Last year, Daylight Saving began on October 27 and ended on January 29.

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