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Question On $10m Sugar Help As House Resumes

  Parliament resumes today and one of the first questions will be on the Government’s $10 million subsidy to help struggling cane farmers. The question will be asked by Mataiasi
22 May 2017 10:21
Question On $10m Sugar Help  As House Resumes
Mataiasi Niumataiwalu

 

Parliament resumes today and one of the first questions will be on the Government’s $10 million subsidy to help struggling cane farmers.

The question will be asked by Mataiasi Niumataiwalu (FijiFirst).

It will give Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum an opportunity to explain the reasons for the subsidy.

He will also be able to respond to efforts by certain Opposition politicians to question the subsidy because of Cyclone Winston damage.

Opposition questions listed in the order paper released yesterday include:

Prem Singh (National Federation Party) on the cost of the Nadi Airport-Wailoaloa junction four-lane highway.

Mosese Bulitavu (SODELPA) on the capacity of the Fiji Police Force to combat any riots.

Ro Teimumu Kepa (SODELPA) on environmental concerns over the sinking of the ship

Salote Radrodro (SODELPA) on the 2015 Ministry for the Civil Service annual report and the civil service reforms.

The order paper is below:

PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF FIJI ORDER PAPER

Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9.30 a.m.

  1. Prayer
  2. Confirmation of Minutes. The Leader of the Government in Parliament to move – “That the Minutes of the sitting of Parliament held on Friday, 28 April 2017, as previously circulated be taken as read and be confirmed.”
  3. Communications from the Chair
  4. Presentation of papers and certain documents (see Schedule 1)
  5. Presentation of reports of committees
  6. Questions (see Schedule 2)
  7. Ministerial statements
  8. Consideration of Bills
  9. The Leader of the Government in Parliament to move – “That Parliament adopts the sitting day of June 29 for the Budget Address.”
  10. Motions for which notice has been given (see Schedule 3)

 

SCHEDULE 1 — PAPERS AND CERTAIN DOCUMENTS

  1. Fiji Ports Corporation Limited – Annual Report 2015 (Parliamentary Paper Number 17 of 2017)

 

SCHEDULE 2 — QUESTIONS

Oral Questions

139/2017 Hon. Mataiasi Niumataiwalu to ask the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications – The FijiFirst Government’s $10m subsidy for cane farmers is expected to benefit farmers badly affected by Cyclone Winston. Can the Minister explain why there is opposition from certain quarters.

140/2017 Hon. Howard Politini to ask the Minister for Defence and National Security – Can the Minister explain to the House how Fiji’s membership at Interpol benefits Fiji and the region.

141/2017 Hon. Netani Rika to ask the Minister for Forestry – Building capacity for local communities and other relevant stakeholders in wood processing and value adding can significantly provide an enabling environment to actively participate in economic business ventures. Can the Minister explain what the Ministry is doing to enhance value addition and to increase small scale wood based businesses.

142/2017 Hon. Alvick Maharaj to ask the Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts – Braille Eye Slate which supports learning for visually impaired students were donated to few Special Schools in Fiji. Can the Minister provide details of this and how it will benefit the visually impaired students in the Special Schools.

143/2017 Hon. Prem Singh to ask the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport – Would the Minister inform Parliament what is the projected cost for the completion of the four lane highway from Nadi Airport and Wailoaloa Junction.

144/2017 Hon. Mosese Bulitavu to ask the Minister for Defence and National Security – Can the Minister inform the House if the Fiji Police Force is well equipped to combat any riot.

145/2017 Hon. Ro Teimumu Kepa to ask the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport – What are the plans for controlling environmental damage caused by the oil spill from the sinking of the MV Southern Phoenix at the Suva Harbour on 6 May 2017.

146/2017 Hon. Salote Radrodro to ask the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications – Can the Minister advice the House as to why the Ministry for the Civil Service has not presented its 2015 Annual Report so to enlighten us on the progress of the Civil Service Reforms.

 

Written Questions

147/2017 Hon. Salote Radrodro to ask the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport – Can the Minister –

(a) provide a list of all communities that have been refunded their one-third deposit contribution under the Rural Electrification Programme;

(b) indicate which community has been connected with Electricity; and

(c) for communities not yet connected, indicate when their electricity supply would be connected for example, Nairevurevunicagi – off Khalsa Road and next to Kalabu Village.

 

SCHEDULE 3 — MOTIONS FOR DEBATE

  1. Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar to move – “That Parliament debates the Report of the Public Accounts Committee on the Consolidated Report on the Auditor-General’s Reports for 2007- 2009 “No More Repeats” which was tabled on 11 May 2015.”
  2. Hon. Lorna Eden to move – “That Parliament debates the report of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs on the Ministry for Finance – Reserve Bank of Fiji – Insurance Annual Report 2013 which was tabled on 28 September 2016.”

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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