BILL WATCH 14/2014
[18th March 2014]
The National Assembly is Sitting This Week
The Senate will not sit again until Tuesday 25th March
Coming up in the National Assembly This Week
The week’s sittings of the National Assembly will start on Tuesday 18th March at 2.15 pm.
Items 1 and 2 on the National Assembly’s Order Paper for Tuesday 18th March are:
- · Financial Adjustments Bill – for the Committee Stage, during which the Minister of Finance and Economic Development will move three amendments aimed at adjusting upwards unauthorised expenditure during 2013 by Parliament and by the Ministries of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs and Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, as specified in the Bill. Hon Cross, of the Finance and Economic Planning Committee, told MPs during the Second Reading proceedings on 5th March that the committee was satisfied that the Bill should be adopted, as the expenditure had been unavoidable. The Bill seeks Parliament’s condonation of the expenditure, which was mainly on the Referendum, the harmonised elections, agricultural inputs, grain procurement and overruns on employment costs.
- · Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill – for continuation of the Second Reading debate started last week.
Items high on the Order Paper are:
Tripartite Negotiating Forum Hon Hlongwane’s new motion calls on the Government to reactivate the dormant Tripartite Negotiating Forum constituted by Government, business and labour.
TV and radio coverage of Parliament Hon Chamisa’s new motion calls for, among other things, live coverage of Parliamentary proceedings by TV and radio.
Welfare of war veterans Hon Muderedzwa’s new motion calls for the reconstitution of the War Veterans Board, funding to operationalise the War Veterans Fund and the initiation of empowerment programmes for the benefit of war veterans.
Question Time [Wednesday 19th March]
The number of written questions listed on the Order Paper has grown to 80. Recently added questions include:
Motor vehicle registration plates A question for the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development asks him to explain whether it is economically viable to insist on issuing new number plates every time ownership of a vehicle is changed.
Revenue from tollgates Another question for the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development asks for details of: the total amount collected from all tollgates since their inception; how the funds have been utilised for road maintenance in each province; and the major roads maintained from such funds.
Update on Bills
[unless otherwise stated, soft copies are available from addresses at the end of this bulletin]
Bill for Committee Stage
Financial Adjustments Bill
Bill in mid-Second Reading stage
Sovereign Wealth Fund Bill
Bill awaiting Second Reading stage
Electoral Amendment Bill [in Senate, non-adverse report from Parliamentary Legal Committee announced on 5th March
Bills awaiting PLC reports
For report to National Assembly
National Prosecuting Authority Bill
Bills gazetted and awaiting introduction
Appropriation (2013) (Supplementary) Bill
Biological and Toxin Weapons Crimes Bill
Trafficking in Persons Bill [available 20th March]
Bill returned by President for reconsideration
Income Tax Bill [not available]
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