STANDING ORDERS OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA
STANDING ORDERSOF THEPARLIAMENT OF THE DEMOCRATICSOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA(As amended up to February 26, 1993)Published bythe Parliament SecretariatSTANDING ORDERSOF THEPARLIAMENT OF THE DEMOCRATICSOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA(As amended up to February 26, 1993)2 – D 026936 – 3, 005 (93/03)This edition reproduces the Standing Orders adopted with effect from 1st May, 1979by resolution of Parliament as the Standing Orders of the Parliament of theDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, incorporating the amendments whichwere subsequently passed by Parliament. The footnotes below the text indicate theparticular amendments made to the Standing Orders.S.N. SENEVIRATNE,Secretary-General of Parliament.Parliament of Sri Lanka,Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte.StandingOrder No. CONTENTS First Meeting Page1 . . Proceedings of First Meeting of Parliament . . . . . . 12 . . Seating of Members . . . . . . . . 13-4 . . Election of a Speaker . . . . . . . . 15 . . Official oath or affirmation . . . . . . . . 36 . . Election of Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chairman of Committees . . . . 3 Meetings7-8 . . Meetings . . . . . . . . 39 . . Duties of the Secretary-General . . . . . . 510-11 . . Quorum . . . . . . . . 512 . . Proceedings of Parliament (Language) . . . . . . 613-14 . . Adjournments . . . . . . . . 615-16 . . Dilatory Motions . . . . . . . . 617 . . Adjournment on Matters of Urgent Public Importance . . . . 718 . . “Strangers” . . . . . . . . 7 Public Business19 . . Business of Parliament . . . . . . . . 820-21 . . Public Business . . . . . . . . 822 . . Papers . . . . . . . . 923-25 . . Notices . . . . . . . . 925A . . Petitions . . . . . . . . 1026-32 . . Questions . . . . . . . . 11 Debates33-35 . . Questions for Debate . . . . . . . . 1336 . . Anticipation . . . . . . . . 1337-40 . . Amendments . . . . . . . . 1341 . . Closure . . . . . . . . 1442-44 . . Voting . . . . . . . . 15 Bills45 . . Procedure as to Presentation of Bills . . . . . . 1646-46A . . Urgent Bills . . . . . . . . 1647-48 . . Private Members’ Bills . . . . . . . . 1749 . . Parties Affected, witness, evidence . . . . . . 1850 . . Second Reading . . . . . . . . 1851 . . Debates on Second Reading . . . . . . . . 1952-53 . . Committee stage of Bills . . . . . . . . 1954-61 . . Procedure on Bills in Committee . . . . . . 1962-65 . . Reports of Committees on Bills . . . . . . . . 2066-68 . . Third Reading . . . . . . . . 2069 . . Mr. Speaker’s Certificate . . . . . . . . 2170 . . Allotted days for Appropriation Bill . . . . . . 21iStandingOrder No. Page Order71 . . Responsibility for Rules of Order . . . . . . 2271-77 . . Order in Parliament . . . . . . . . 2278-83 . . Rules of Debate . . . . . . . . 2484 . . Rules for Members speaking in Parliament . . . . . . 2685 . . Rules for Members not speaking . . . . . . 27 Committees86 . . Committee of the whole Parliament . . . . . . 2794-103 . . Select Committees . . . . . . . . 28104-115 . . Consultative Committees . . . . . . . . 39115A . . Consultative Committees-Sub Committees . . . . . . 31116-120 . . Standing Committees (Legislative) . . . . . . 32121-129 . . Committees for Special Purposes . . . . . . 32 (a) Committee of Selection . . . . . . . . 32 (b) House Committee . . . . . . . . 33 (c) Committee on Standing Orders . . . . . . 33 (d) Committee on Parliamentary Business . . . . . . 33 (e) Committee on Public Accounts . . . . . . 33 (f) Committee on Public Enterprises . . . . . . 34 (g) Committee on Privileges . . . . . . . . 35 (h) Committee on Public Petitions . . . . . . 35 (i) Committee on High Posts . . . . . . . . 36130-130A . . General rules for Committees . . . . . . . . 37 Finance131 . . Procedure in Committee of the whole Parliament on Schedules to Appropriation Bills . . . . . . . . 37132-132A . . Excesses . . . . . . . . 38133 . . Public Money . . . . . . . . 40 Miscellaneous134 . . Amendment of Standing Orders . . . . . . . . 40135 . . Suspension of Standing Orders . . . . . . . . 40136-138 . . General Authority of Mr. Speaker . . . . . . 40139 . . Chairmen’s Panel . . . . . . . . 40140 . . Employment of Members in professional capacity . . . . 41141 . . Expenses of witnesses . . . . . . . . 41142 . . Residuary powers . . . . . . . . 41 Index to the Standing Orders . . . . . . . . 43-52iiSTANDING ORDERS OF THE PARLIAMENT OF THE DEMOCRATICSOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKAPROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE PARLIAMENTOF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKAAFTER A GENERAL ELECTION1. On the first day of a meeting of Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of SriLanka (hereinafter called “ Parliament ”) after a general election, members having assembledat the time and place duly appointed and being seated in accordance with the provisions ofStanding Order No. 2. the Secretary-General of Parliament (hereinafter called the “ SecretaryGeneral”) shall read the Proclamation of the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic ofSri Lanka (hereinafter called the “ President ”) by which the meeting was summoned andthereafter the Order of Business on such day shall be –(a) election of Speaker.(b) Official Oath or Affirmation by Mr. Speaker and then by all the members present.(c) election of Deputy Speaker and Chairman of Committees (hereinafter called the“Deputy Speaker”).(d) election of Deputy Chairman of Committees,and on the conclusion of such business Parliament shall stand adjourned to the date and timefixed by Parliament.SEATING OF MEMBERS2. (1) On the first day of the meeting of Parliament after a general election and thereafter untila seat has been allotted to each member, members may sit in any seat within the Bar.(2) As soon as he thinks fit after his election Mr. Speaker shall allot a seat to every memberand may vary such allotment from time to time as he may think fit.(3) Seats shall be allotted at the discretion of Mr. Speaker whose decision thereon shall befinal.ELECTION OF A SPEAKER3. Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of Speaker, whether as the result of a dissolutionof Parliament or otherwise, Parliament shall, at its first meeting after the occurrence of thevacancy, when a quorum is present, proceed to elect a Speaker.4. The procedure for the election of a Speaker shall be as follows:-(1) Every member who wishes to propose a member for election as Speaker shall ascertainpreviously that that member is willing to serve if elected.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 2(2) A member addressing himself to the Secretary-General shall propose some other memberthen present to Parliament for its Speaker, and move “That….(naming the member) do takethe Chair of this Parliament as Speaker”. The proposal shall be seconded, but no debate shallbe allowed.(3) If only one member be so proposed and seconded as Speaker he shall be declared by theSecretary-General without question put, to have been elected. If more than one member be soproposed and seconded Parliament shall, after the division bells are rung for two minutes,proceed to elect a Speaker by ballot.(4) For the purpose of a ballot the Secretary – General shall give to each member present aballot paper on which the member may write the name of the member for whom he wishes tovote. Ballot papers shall be folded so that the name written thereon shall not be seen and shallbe signed by the member voting.(5) Ballot papers shall be collected by the Secretary – General, or by some officer ofParliament deputed by him, and shall be counted by the Secretary-General, at the Table ofParliament. The result of the ballot shall be declared by the Secretary-General.(6) (a) Where more than two candidates have been proposed and at the first ballot nocandidate obtains more votes than the aggregate votes obtained by the other candidates, thecandidate who has obtained the smallest number of votes shall be excluded from the electionand balloting shall proceed, the candidate obtaining the smallest number of votes than theremaining candidate or the aggregate votes of the remaining candidates, as the case may be. (b) Where at any ballot among three or more candidates two or more obtain an equalnumber of votes and one of them has to be excluded from the election under clause (a) above,the determination, as between the candidates whose votes are equal, of the candidate to beexcluded, shall be by lot which shall be drawn in such manner as the Secretary – Generalshall decide. (c) Where at any ballot between two candidates the votes are equal, another ballotshall be held and at the end of such other ballot, if the votes are still equal the candidate to beexcluded shall be determined by lot which shall be drawn in such manner as the Secretary –General shall decide. (7) As the ballot papers are counted they shall be placed in a box and, when a member hasbeen declared elected as Speaker, the box shall be sealed in the presence of Parliament andkept in the custody of the Secretary-General for one calendar month and then, subject to anydirection he may receive from Parliament, the Secretary-General shall burn the ballot papersand certify to Parliament that this has been done.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 3OFFICIAL OATH OR AFFIRMATION5. (1) Having taken the Official Oath, or having made the Official Affirmation, Mr. Speakershall cause the said Oath or Affirmation to be administered to and signed by all memberspresent. The Oath or Affirmation shall be administered by the Secretary-General.(2) Every member starting with Mr. Speaker shall, immediately after having taken the Oath ormade the Affirmation, sign the book to be kept for that purpose by the Secretary-General.(3) On any day on which Parliament sits, a member who has not previously taken the Oath ormade the Affirmation may present himself at the Table at the time appointed under StandingOrder 19 and thereupon the said Oath or Affirmation shall be administered to him and heshall sign the book.ELECTION OF DEPUTY SPEAKER AND DEPUTYCHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES6. (1) At the first sitting of a newly elected Parliament as laid down in Standing Order 1 or atthe commencement of Public Business at the first meeting of Parliament after the occurrenceof a vacancy in the office of Deputy Speaker or of Deputy Chairman of Committees,Parliament shall proceed to the election of a Deputy Speaker or Deputy Chairman ofCommittees, as the case may be.(2) The procedure for the election of a Deputy Speaker and a Deputy Chairman ofCommittees shall be as nearly as may be the same as that for the election of a Speaker, savethat the elections shall be conducted by Mr. Speaker.MEETINGS†*7. [(1) Unless Parliament otherwise decides, Parliament shall meet in two alternate weeksin each month commencing after the first Sunday of each month and shall sit on the Tuesdays,Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays of the first and the third of such weeks (2) The sitting of Parliament shall commence at 9.00 a.m. ; Provide that a meeting summoned by the President shall begin at such hour as thePresident may fix in given notice thereof.†* Original deleted and substituted by the eleventh amendment to Standing Orders January 8, 1985 and thereafterdeleted and substituted by the twenty-third amendment to Standing Orders, September 6, 1989.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 4 3) The proceeding on any business under consideration at 12.00 noon, unlessParliament otherwise decides, be interrupted without question put, and shall be resumed at1.30 p.m. (4) Mr. Speaker shall adjourn Parliament at 4.30 p.m without question put. (5) At 3.30 p.m the proceedings on any business then under consideration shall beinterrupted ; and if Parliament be in Committee, the Chairman shall leave the Chair and makehis report to Parliament, and if a motion has been proposed for the adjournment of Parliament,or of the debate, or in Committee that the Chairman do report progress or do leave the Chair,every such dilatory motion shall lapse without question put :Provide always that on the interruption of business, the closure may be moved underStanding Order 41 and, if moved, or if proceedings under that Standing Order be then inprogress. Mr. Speaker or the Chairman shall not leave the Chair until the questionconsequent thereon and on any further motion as provided in that Standing Order hasbeen decided. (6) After the business under consideration at 3.30 p.m has been disposed of, nobusiness which may be opposed by any member shall be taken.]†*8. [ A motion may be made by a Minister of the Cabinet at the commencement of PublicBusiness, to be decided without amendment or debate to the following effect:- “that the proceedings on any specified business be exempted at this day’s sitting fromthe provisions of Standing Order 7”,And if such a motion be agreed to, the business so specified shall not be interrupted if it isunder discussion at the time fixed for interruption of business and may be entered upon at anyhour though opposed : Provided that then the business exempted from the operation of this Order is disposedof after 4.30 p.m Mr. Speaker shall, immediately after the conclusion of the last item ofexempted business, adjourn Parliament without question put.†* Original deleted and substituted by the twelfth amendment to Standing Order January 8, 1985 and thereafterdeleted and substituted by the twenty fourth amendment to Standing Orders September 6, 1989.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 5DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL9. (1) The Secretary-General shall keep the minutes of the proceedings of Parliamentand of Committees of the whole Parliament and shall circulate a copy of such minutes, ifpossible, on the day following the meeting of Parliament. The minutes shall record the namesof members attending, and all decisions of Parliament.(2) In the case of divisions of Parliament or of a Committee of the whole Parliament theminutes shall include the numbers voting for and against the question and where the divisiontakes place under Standing Order 42, the names of the members so voting and the number andnames of those declining to vote.(3) The minutes shall not require confirmation but errors in the minutes may be corrected, onmotion made, with the leave of Parliament.(4) The Secretary-General shall prepare from day to day and keep on the Table of Parliamentand in the Library an Order Book showing all business appointed for any future day and anynotice of questions or motions which have been set down for a future day whether for a daynamed or not.(5) Business may be set down for any particular day and a note to that effect made in theOrder Book.(6) The Secretary-General shall be responsible for the safe custody of minutes, records, Billsand other documents laid before Parliament which shall be open to inspection by Members ofParliament and by other persons under such arrangements as may be sanctioned by Mr.Speaker.QUORUM10. The quorum of Parliament required by Article 73 of the Constitution of the DemocraticSocialist Republic of Sri Lanka is twenty members including the person presiding. If at anytime the attention of Mr. Speaker or other person presiding is directed to the fact that aquorum is not present he shall order the division bells to be rung and if at the expiration offive minutes a quorum be not present he shall adjourn Parliament without question put.11. The quorum of a Committee of the whole Parliament shall be twenty. If the absence of aquorum be noticed in Committee of the whole Parliament the Chairman shall proceed in themanner prescribed in the preceding Order and if a quorum be not present he shall leave theChair and, Parliament being resumed, shall forthwith count Parliament. If a quorum be notthen present Parliament shall adjourn as provided in the preceding Order but if a quorum beproved to be present Parliament shall forthwith resolve itself into Committee.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 6PROCEEDINGS OF PARLIAMENT12. [The Business of Parliament shall be conducted in Sinhala, Tamil and English. Anyspeech made in Parliament shall be recorded in the Official Report of Parliamentary Debates(Hansard) in the language in which it was spoken. It shall be the duty of Mr. Speaker to makesuitable arrangements for those members who do not understand such language.The arrangements will include –(1) The Order Paper to be published in Sinhala, Tamil and English.(2) Simultaneous interpretation of speeches and other proceedings in to the other twolanguages.(3) The front cover of the Official Report of Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) to be printed inSinhala, Tamil, English.(4) Speeches to be recorded in the Official Report of Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) in thelanguage, in which they are made, with the name of the speaker entered in Sinhala, Tamiland English.]ADJOURNMENTS13. An adjournment of Parliament shall mean an adjournment till the next ordinary sitting dayunless Parliament on a motion made after notice has ordered an adjournment to some otherdefinite date. A motion to adjourn sine die will not be entertained.14. During an adjournment of more than forty-eight hours duration Mr. Speaker if sorequested by the Prime Minister , shall give notice convening Parliament for such date beingan earlier date than to which Parliament had adjourned as may be contained in the request andthereupon Parliament shall meet on the date and the time specified in Mr. Speaker’s noticeand shall transact its business as if it had been duly adjourned to that date and time. Whenissuing such a notice Mr. Speaker shall take all practicable steps to acquaint members withthe date and time for which Parliament has been convened.DILATORY MOTIONS15. When a motion is made for the adjournment of a debate, or of Parliament during anydebate, or that the Chairman or a Committee of the whole Parliament do report progress, ordo leave the Chair, the debate thereupon shall be confined to the matter of such motion, andno member having moved or seconded any such motion shall be entitled to move, or second,any similar motion during the same debate.16. If Mr. Speaker, or other presiding member, or the Chairman of a Committee of the wholeParliament, shall be of opinion that a motion for the adjournment of a debate, or ofParliament, during any debate, or that the Chairman do report progress, or do leave the Chair,is an abuse of the rules of Parliament, he may forthwith put the question thereupon from theChair, or he may decline to propose the question thereupon to Parliament.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 7ADJOURNMENT ON MATTERS OF URGENT PUBLIC IMPORTANCE*17. (1) A Motion for the adjournment of Parliament shall not be made until Public Businesshas been entered upon (except by a Minister of the Cabinet) unless a member rises in hisplace at the end of questions and asks leave to move the adjournment of Parliament, for thepurpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance and state the matter.(2) Such a motion by a member shall not be made unless–(a) written notice of such motion is given to Mr. Speaker before the commencement of thesitting on the day on which the motion is proposed to be made and his consent obtained; and(b) the member obtains the leave of Parliament ; or(c) the leave of Parliament not having been given, not fewer than twenty members rise in theirplaces to support him :Provided where Mr. Speaker has refused his consent or is of opinion that the matterproposed to be discussed is not in order, he may allow the member raising the question toread the notice of the motion and thereafter Mr. Speaker shall state the reason for refusingconsent or holding the motion as being not in order.†* [(3) If the motion is so supported or Parliament gives leave, it shall stand over until 2.30p.m.](4) Leave shall not be sought for more than one such motion on any one day.†*[ (5) On days on which Government Business has precedence, no motion for theadjournment of Parliament, other than a motion made under the provisions of this Order, shallbe moved between the items of business set down for that day before 3.30 p.m. unless suchmotion be moved by a Minister of the Cabinet.]STRANGERS18. (1) “Strangers” may be present in the Chamber in places set apart for them under suchrules as Mr. Speaker may make for that purpose.(2) If at any sitting of Parliament, or in Committee, any member shall take notice thatstrangers are present Mr. Speaker, or the Chairman (as the case may be), shall forthwith putthe question “That strangers be ordered to withdraw” without permitting any debate oramendment :Provided that Mr. Speaker or the Chairman may, whenever he thinks fit, order thewithdrawal of strangers from any part of the Chamber.* Original deleted and substituted by the thirteenth amendment to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.†* Amended by the twenty fifth amendment to Standing Orders, September 6, 1989.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 8 Provided further that the Attorney-General or his representative who is present inParliament in the performance of his duties under Article 77 of the Constitution will not bedeemed a stranger.(3) Mr. Speaker may grant a general permission to the representative or representatives of anynews-media to attend the sitting of Parliament Such permission may be revoked if the newsmedia makes a report of the proceedings which Mr. Speaker considers unfair.BUSINESS OF PARLIAMENT*19. [ The Business of Parliament shall be transacted in the following order :-(1) Official oath or Affirmation by new member(2) Message from the President(3) Announcement by Mr. Speaker(4) Presentation of Papers(5) Presentation of Reports from Committees(6) Petitions(7) Questions(8) Votes of condolence(9) Motions for leave of absence(10) Ministerial statements(11) Personal explanations(12) Questions of privilege(13) Motions at the commencement of public Business not requiring notice(14) Motions at the commencement of public Business for which notice is required(15) Public Business ]PUBLIC BUSINESS20. (1) Public Business shall consist of Orders of the Day and Notices of Motions(2) An Order of the Day is a Bill or other matter which Parliament has ordered to be takeninto consideration upon a particular day. An earlier day cannot be substituted for the day soappointed.(3) Government Business shall have precedence on every day expect the first Friday sitting ofeach month.(4) On the first Friday sitting of each month a motion may be made by a Minister of theCabinet without notice at the commencement of Public Business to be decided withoutamendment or debate to the effect that “Government Business have precedence this day” orthat “a specified item of Government Business have precedence this day” and if such motionbe carried Government Business or the specified item of Government Business shall haveprecedence accordingly.* Original deleted and substituted by the fourth amendment to Standing Orders, November 3, 1981.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 9(5) Government Business shall be set down in such order as the Government think fit.(6) Unless Parliament otherwise order, on the first Friday sitting of each month PrivateMembers’ Business shall have precedence over Government Business and Notices of Motionsshall have precedence over Orders of the Day.(7) Unless a member giving notice of a Private Member’s motion indicates his desire to havesuch motion fixed for a particular Private Members’ day all Private Members’ motions shallbe fixed for the next available Private Members’ day and all such motions shall be taken inthe order in which they appear in the Order Paper.21. All Orders of the Day undisposed of at the adjournment of Parliament shall be postponeduntil the next sitting day without a motion to that effect, and all Notices of Motions notdisposed of shall, in the absence of any specific instruction by the member in whose name thenotice stands, be carried forwarded to the next sitting day if standing in the name of aMinister or Deputy Minister and to the first Friday sitting of the following month if standingin the name of a private member.PAPERS22. (1) Papers shall be presented only by Mr. Speaker, a Minister or a Deputy Minister.(2) The presentation of all Papers shall be entered in the Minutes.(3) A short explanatory statement of the contents of any Paper may be made on itspresentation, but no debate shall take place at the time of presentation.(4) All Papers presented shall be deemed to have been ordered to lie upon the Table and anymotion for the printing thereof shall be determined without amendment or debate.NOTICES23. (1) Notice of questions or motions shall be given in writing, signed by the membergiving the notice and addressed to the Secretary-General. Such notices may be handed to theSecretary-General at any time when Parliament is sitting or may be sent to or left at the Officeof the Secretary-General at any time.(2) All questions, of which notice has been received by the Secretary-General shall, unlessMr. Speaker rules the question out of order, be included in the Order Book for answer on aday not earlier than seven clear days from the day on which the notice was given:Provided, however, a question relating to a matter of public importance may be asked at theconclusion of questions by the Leader of the Opposition or a leader of a recognized politicalparty after due notice has been given to the Minister concerned.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 10(3) All motions, of which notice has been received by the Secretary-General, shall unless Mr.Speaker rules the motion out of order, be included in the Order Book, but unless Parliamentotherwise order, no debate thereon shall take place unless five clear days have elapsed sincethe notice was given. Notwithstanding anything in this paragraph, notices of motions to bemoved at the commencement of Public Business shall be included in the Order Paper ifreceived at the Table on the previous sitting day.(4) No debates shall take place on the giving of notice of any matter(5) Unless otherwise provided by these Standing Orders no debate shall take place expect on amotion or order appearing in the Order Paper.(6) A member who has given notice of a question or a motion may withdraw the same bygiving written notice to the Secretary-General24. Unless the Standing Orders otherwise direct, notice shall be given of any motion which itis proposed to make with the exception of the following :-(1) A motion made in Committee of the whole Parliament.(2) A motion for the adjournment of Parliament or of any debate.(3) A motion that the report of a Select Committee be referred to a Committee of thewhole Parliament or be printed.(4) A motion for the withdrawal of strangers.(5) A motion for the suspension of a member.(6) A motion relating to a matter of privilege.(7) A motion arising out of the business of the day immediately after that business isdisposed of and before any fresh matter is entered upon.25. An urgent motion directly concerning the privileges of Parliament shall take precedenceof all other motions as well as Orders of the Day. The proceedings of Parliament may beinterrupted at any moment, save during the progress of a division, by a motion based on amatter of privilege when a matter has recently arisen which directly concerns the privileges ofParliament.PETITIONS*[25A. (1) Every petition to Parliament shall be addressed to Mr. Speaker and shall bepresented by a member.(2) Every petition shall be in respectful language and shall not contain irrelevant statements.(3) Every petition shall be clear and legible and shall conclude with a prayer reciting the reliefsought.(4) Every petition shall be signed by the petitioner or petitioners except in case of incapacityby sickness. A person unable to write shall affix his mark in the presence of a witness. Thefull name and address of every signatory to a petition shall be set out therein.* Added by the second amendment to Standing Orders, November 3, 1981.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 11(5) No letters, affidavits or other documents shall be attached to any petition.(6) No reference shall be made in a petition to any debate in Parliament.(7) It shall not be competent for a member to present a petition from himself but the samemay be presented by some other member.(8) Every petition shall, before it is presented, be signed at the beginning thereof by themember in charge of it and deposited at least two clear days with the Secretary-General whoshall submit it to Mr. Speaker for approval and no petition shall be presented until it has beenso approved.(9) A Member presenting a petition shall confine himself to a statement in the followingform:–Mr. Speaker, I present a petition from ………………………………………(Name of Petitioner)of ………………… and ………………… others’No debate shall be permitted on this statement.(10) A petition having been presented to Parliament shall stand referred to the Committee onPublic Petitions.]QUESTIONS26. At the stage of business provided by these Standing Orders questions relating to publicaffairs may be put to the prime Minister or to any Minister relating subjects and functionsassigned to him by the President and for which the Minister questioned has ministerialresponsibility.27. (1) When an oral answer to a question is required, Mr. Speaker, when the question isreached on the Order Paper, shall call upon the member in whose name the question standsand the member so called shall rise in his place and ask the question by reference to itsnumber on the Order Paper and the reply will then be given by the Prime Minister or theMinister to whom the question is addressed.(2) When a written answer to a question is required the Prime Minister or the Minister towhom the question is addressed shall cause the answer to be printed in the Official Report ofParliamentary Debates (Hansard).28. (1) Any member may put a supplementary question for the purpose of further elucidatingany matter of fact regarding which an oral answer has been given :Provided that not more than three supplementary questions shall be asked on any answer :Provided further that Mr. Speaker shall disallow any supplementary question if, in, hisopinion, it infringes the rules as to admissibility of questions.(2) A supplementary question must not introduce matter not included in the original question.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 1229. (1) The proper object of a question is to obtain information on a matter of fact withinthe special cognizance of the Minister to whom it is addressed or to urge that action be taken.(2) A question must not be made the pretext for a debate.30. Not more than half an hour shall be allotted to questions on any day and no member shallask more than three questions for oral answer on any one day.31. The right to ask questions shall be subject to the following rules:-(1) Not more than one subject shall be referred to in any one question and a question shall notexceed one hundred and fifty words.(2) A question must not publish any name or statement not strictly necessary to make thequestion intelligible.(3) If a question contains a statement, the member asking it must make himself responsiblefor the accuracy of the statement.(4) A question must not contain any argument, inference, imputation, epithet or ironicalexpression.(5) A question must not be asked about the proceedings in a Committee which have not beenplaced before Parliament by a Report from that Committee.(6) A question must not refer to any matter which is under adjudication by a court of law orto any matter on which a judicial decision is pending.(7) A question may not ask for an expression of opinion, or for the solution of an abstractlegal question or of a hypothetical proposition.(8) A question must not be asked as to the character or conduct of any person except in hisofficial or public capacity.(9) A question reflecting on the character or conduct of any person whose conduct can onlybe challenged on a substantive motion must not be asked.(10) A question making or implying a charge of a personal character shall be disallowed.(11) A question fully answered must not be asked again during the same session.32. (1) Mr. Speaker shall decide whether a question is or is not admissible under theseStanding Orders and may disallow any question when in his opinion it is an abuse of the rightof questioning or calculated to obstruct or affect prejudicially the procedure of Parliament andshall disallow any question if it infringes any of these Standing Orders. Disallowance of aquestion by Mr. Speaker, with the reason therefore, shall be communicated in writing to themember concerned by the Secretary-General.(2) Any notice which contains unbecoming expressions or offends against any Standing Orderof Parliament may be amended by Mr. Speaker, with the consent of the member asking thequestion, before it appears in the Order Book.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 13QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE33. It shall be competent for any member to propose any motion on any matter of publicinterest and such motion shall be debated, or otherwise disposed of, according to theseStanding Orders.34. (1) A motion or amendment which by these Standing Orders is required to beseconded, and is not, shall lapse.(2) If a private member does not move a motion which stands in his name when he is calledon, it shall lapse unless some other member duly authorised by him in writing moves in hisstead:Provided that an Order of the Day may be moved by any member unless the member incharge of that Order has previously signified to the Secretary-General his desire to have theOrder deferred to another day.35. A member who has made a motion may withdraw the same by leave of Parliament.ANTICIPATION36. (1) It shall be out of order to make a motion or move an amendment dealing with thesubject matter of a Bill or other Order of the Day appointed for consideration; and anamendment shall also be out of order if it deals with the subject matter of a motion of whichnotice has been given.(2) An Order of the Day, Notice of Motion or amendment of which notice has been given,shall not be anticipated in a debate upon a motion for the adjournment of Parliament or in anyother debate.(3) In determining whether a discussion is out of order on the ground of anticipation, regardshall be had by Mr. Speaker to the probability of the matter anticipated being brought beforeParliament within a reasonable time.AMENDMENTS37. A question, when proposed from the Chair, may be amended. (a) by leaving out certain words in order to insert other words; or (b) by leaving out certain words; or (c) by inserting or adding other words.38. (1) Every amendment shall be put in writing and handed to the Secretary-General by themember proposing it.(2) Every amendment proposed to a Bill shall be examined by the Attorney-General in termsof Article 77 of the Constitution(3) An amendment must be relevant to the question to which it is proposed.(4) An amendment most not raise any question which, by the rules of Parliament can only beraised by a substantive motion after notice.(5) After decision has been given on an amendment to any part of a question an earlier partcannot be amended.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 14(6) In like manner, where an amendment of any part of a question has been proposed from theChair, an earlier part cannot be amended, unless the amendment so proposed is withdrawn.(7) An amendment on a question must not be inconsistent with a previous decision on thesame question given at the same stage of any Bill or matter.(8) To an amendment, when proposed from the Chair, an amendment may be moved.39. (1) If the amendment is to leave out certain words in order to insert others, Mr.Speaker or the Chairman, after stating the amendment, shall first propose the question “Thatthe words proposed to be left out stand part of the question or clause” and if that question isput and negatived he shall propose the question that the words proposed by the amendment bethere inserted.Provided that Mr. Speaker or the Chairman shall if possible put as the test question on anamendment only such words as will not prevent a subsequent amendment which is in orderfrom being moved. If the question so proposed be negatived the remainder of the wordsproposed by the amendment to be left out shall be deemed to be left out without furtherquestion.(2) If the amendment is to leave out certain words, Mr. Speaker or the Chairman, after statingthe amendment, shall propose the question that the words proposed to be left out stand part ofthe question or clause.(3) If the amendment is to insert or add other words, Mr. Speaker or the Chairman, afterstating the amendment, shall propose the question that the proposed words be there inserted oradded.(4) Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding paragraphs of this Order, Mr. Speakermay propose the question “That the amendment be agreed to” in place of the question orquestions stated therein.(5) If an amendment is moved to a proposed amendment, the last mentioned amendment shallbe dealt with as if were the original question until all the amendments to it have been disposedof.40. On the conclusion of the debate on a question, Mr. Speaker or the Chairman shall state thequestion either in its original or in its amended form as the case requires, and put the question.CLOSURE41. (1) After a question has been proposed, a member rising in his place may claim tomove “That the question be now put” and unless it appears to the Chair that the motion is anabuse of the rules of Parliament or an infringement of the rights of the minority, the question,“That the question be now put”, shall be put forthwith.(2) When the motion “That the question be now put”, has been carried and the questionconsequent thereon has been decided, any further motion may be made (the assent of theChair as aforesaid not having been withheld which may be requisite to bring to a decision anyquestion already proposed from the Chair.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 15(3) When a clause is under consideration a motion may be made (the assent of the Chair asaforesaid not having been withheld) that the question that certain words of the clause definedin the motion stand part of the clause stand part of or be added to the Bill, be now put.(4) Every motion made under this Order shall be put forthwith and decided withoutamendment or debate.(5) A motion under this Order is not carried in Parliament, or in a Committee of the wholeParliament, if it appears on a division that less than twenty members voted in the majority insupport of the motion.(6) A motion under this Order may be made in a Standing Committee, but is not carried if itappears on a division that less than the number forming the quorum of the Committee votedin the majority in support of the motion.VOTING42. The question shall be put by Mr. Speaker and the votes may be taken by voices, Ayesand Noes, and the result may be declared by Mr. Speaker. If the opinion of Mr. Speaker as tothe decision of the question is challenged by any member, the division bells shall be rung fortwo minutes and division shall, subject to the provision of Standing Order 43, be taken asfollows:(1) The votes shall be taken by the Secretary-General asking each member separatelyhow he desires to vote and recording the votes accordingly. The SecretaryGeneral shall first ask the Prime Minister and then the Ministers of the Cabinet,other Ministers and the Deputy Ministers in the respective alphabetical order oftheir names and then the other members in the alphabetical order of their names.A member may state that he declines to vote and in such case the SecretaryGeneral shall record his name as having declined to vote.(2) The Secretary-General shall announce the numbers of the votes and if the votesare equal Mr. Speaker shall give his casting vote. Mr. Speaker shall then declarethe result of the division.43. If Mr. Speaker is of opinion that a division is unnecessarily claimed, he may, as soon asthe division bells have ceased to ring, take the votes of Parliament by calling successivelyupon the members who support and upon the members who challenge his decision to rise intheir places, and may thereupon, as he thinks fit, either declare the determination ofParliament after counting or direct the Secretary- General to call over the names.44. If a member states that he voted in error or that his vote has been counted wrongly hemay claim to have his vote altered, provided that his claim is made as soon as the numbers ofthe votes have been announced and before Mr. Speaker has declared the result of the division.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 16PROCEDURE AS TO PRESENTATION OF BILLS45. A Minister of the Cabinet or a Deputy Minister may after notice, subject to theprovisions of Article 78 of the Constitution present a Bill without an order of Parliament forits introduction and when a Bill is so presented at the commencement of Public Business, thetitle of the Bill shall be read by the Secretary-General and the Bill shall then be deemed tohave been read the first time and to have been ordered to be printed and shall stand forSecond Reading on a date not earlier than a week from the date on which it was presented : Provided, however, that an Urgent Bill referred to in Article 122 of the Constitutionshall stand for Second Reading upon such day as the Minister of the Cabinet or the DeputyMinister may appoint.URGENT BILLS46. When Mr. Speaker receives a copy of a reference addressed to the Chief Justice by thePresident in relation to a Bill which is in the view of the Cabinet of Ministers urgent in thenational interest under Article 122 (1) of the Constitution, such Bill shall not be placed on theOrder Paper until Mr. Speaker has received from the Supreme Court its determination asprovided for in Article 122 (1) (c) of the Constitution.*[46 A (1) When a Bill in respect of any matter set out in List III of the Ninth Schedule to theConstitution is presented to Parliament, unless Parliament otherwise decides by resolution theprocedure laid down in paragraph 2 of this Order shall be followed.(2) (a) The Speaker shall direct the Secretary-General to forward copies of the said Bill toeach Provincial Council for report to Parliament on its views regarding the Bill within aperiod of one month from the date or reference of such Bill to such Provincial Council or suchperiod of time as Parliament may specify.(b) On the expiry of the times specified in (a) above, or on the receipt of the views of theProvincial Councils, whichever is earlier Parliament may proceed with the Bill.(3) (a) Whenever a communication is received from any Provincial Council seeking toconsult Parliament on any Proposed Statute to be made in respect of any matter set out in ListIII of the Ninth Schedule to the Constitution the Speaker shall announce its receipt at the firstavailable opportunity. The communication shall thereupon be referred to a StandingCommittee.(b) After consideration of the Report of the Committee the Parliament shall direct theSecretary-General to forward the views of the Parliament regarding the proposed statute to theProvincial Council concerned within one month of the receipt of such communication fromthe Provincial Council]* Added by the twenty-sixth amendment to Standing Orders December 29, 1989.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 17PRIVATE MEMBERS BILLS47. (1) Any private member desiring to introduce a Bill shall apply to Parliament for leaveto do so, setting at the same time the object and leading features of such Bill.(2) Every such application shall be made in the form of a motion and the member makingsuch application shall at the same time deliver to the Secretary-General a copy of theproposed Bill, in Sinhala and Tamil with a translation in English together with a copy of hismotion.(3) The Secretary-General shall cause the Bill to be published in the Gazette in Sinhala andTamil with a translation in English.(4) At any time after the lapse of a period of seven days from the date on which the Bill waspublished in the Gazette, the motion referred to in paragraph (2) of this Order shall be placedon the Order Paper of Parliament.(5) Leave being granted on a question put, and carried, the Bill shall then be deemed to havebeen read the first time and ordered to be printed and shall stand referred without discussionto the Minister of the Cabinet or Deputy Minister concerned with the subjects and functions towhich the Bill relates or if there is no such other Minister of the Cabinet or Deputy Ministeras Mr. Speaker may nominate and no further proceedings shall be taken upon such Bill untilthe Minister of the Cabinet or Deputy Minister to whom it has been referred has reported toParliament there on.(6) After the report referred to in the preceding paragraph of this Order has been made or ifafter the expiry of six months from the date on which the Bill was referred to the Minister ofthe Cabinet or Deputy Minister, no report has been made by the Minister of the Cabinet orDeputy Minister concerned the Bill shall be set down for Second Reading upon such day asthe member in charge of the Bill desires.48. (1) Where any Bill shall be proposed which is intended to affect or benefit someparticular person, association or corporate body, notice of the Bill shall be given byadvertising in the Gazette in Sinhala, Tamil, English and in at least one Sinhala, one Tamiland one English newspaper circulating in the Republic a statement of its general nature andobjects, and such advertisement shall appear at least one month before the application forleave to introduce the Bill is made.(2) In the case of every such Bill, paragraph (2) of Standing Order 47 shall apply as if thewords “and a copy of the advertisements published under Standing Order 48” had beeninserted at the end of that paragraph.(3) Every such Bill after being read a second time shall be allocated by Mr. Speaker to aStanding Committee or if upon a motion made by a Minister of the Cabinet or a DeputyMinister the Parliament so decides, it shall be referred to a Select Committee to be nominatedby Mr. Speaker.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 18(4) The Committee on such a Bill shall require proof of the facts and other allegations setforth in the Bill as showing that it is expedient that the Bill should be passed, and may takesuch oral or other evidence as it may think requisite, and thereafter if the Committee find thatthe said facts and allegations have been proved, the Committee shall consider the severalclauses of the Bill, and may strike out clauses, add new clauses and other amendments whichit may deem necessary, and all such new clauses and other amendments shall be reported toParliament. No clause shall be allowed in such a Bill which is foreign to the import of thenotice required by paragraph (1) of this Order. No clause affecting any private right or interestshall be allowed in such a Bill unless circumstances are set forth in the Bill which render suchcause justifiable and expedient.PARTIES AFFECTED, WITNESSES, EVIDENCE49. (1) In any case in which individual rights or interest may be peculiarly affected by anyBill, all parties so affected may be heard upon petition before the Committee to whom the Billis referred either in person or by counsel.(2) When it is intended to examine any witnesses, the petitioner or the Member of Parliamentrequiring such witnesses, shall deliver to the Secretary- General, two days at least before theday appointed for their examination, a list containing the names, residence and occupation ofsuch witnesses.(3) The evidence of every witness shall be taken down and read over to the witness, who maythen desire any correction to be made and in case no such correction is made the evidenceshall then stand as taken down and shall not be altered afterwards.SECOND READING50. (1) A Bill other than a Bill under Article 122 of the Constitution shall be set down forSecond Reading on a day not earlier than a week from the day on which it was presented.(2) When the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to determine whether any Bill or anyprovision thereof is inconsistent with the Constitution has been invoked under Article 121 ofthe Constitution and a copy of the reference or petition has been delivered to Mr. Speaker.(a) such reference or filing of a petition shall be conveyed to Parliament by Mr. Speakeron the first day of a meeting of Parliament after such reference is made or such petition isfiled ;(b) no proceedings in relation to such Bill shall be had until the determination of theSupreme Court has been made and communicated to Mr. Speaker or until the expirationof a period of three weeks from the date of such reference or filing of such petition,whichever occurs first ;(c) the determination of the Supreme Court shall be announced by Mr. Speaker toParliament after the receipt of such determination, and no debate shall be permitted onsuch announcement.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 19DEBATE ON SECOND READING51. On the Second Reading of a Bill a debate may arise covering the general merits andprinciples of the Bill.COMMITTEE STAGE OF BILLS52. When a Bill has been read a second time, upon a motion made by a Minister of theCabinet or a Deputy Minister, the Bill shall be referred to a Committee of the wholeParliament. Provided that if upon a motion made by the Minister Cabinet or a Deputy Minister,Parliament so decides, a Bill, other than an Annual or Supplementary Appropriation Bill, maybe referred either to a Select Committee to be nominated by Mr. Speaker or to a StandingCommittee.53. When a Bill has been referred either to a Select Committee or to a Standing Committeeno further proceedings shall be taken thereon until the Committee has reported.PROCEDURE ON BILLS IN COMMITTEE54. On a Bill being committed, the Committee shall discuss its several provisions and anyproposed amendments, and may adjourn its sitting or if it is a Committee of the wholeParliament, report progress from time to time as occasion may arise.55. The Chairman of the Committee or the Secretary-General shall read the number of eachclause in succession.56. Any amendment may be made to a clause, or clauses may be deleted or new clausesmay be added, provided the same be relevant to the subject matter of the Bill, and beotherwise in conformity with the Standing Orders.57. The principle of the Bill shall not be discussed in Committee, but only its details.58. No amendment can be proposed inconsistent with any decision come to upon anyprevious part of the Bill.59. After a Bill has been read through in Committee, and while the Bill is still inCommittee, any member may, with leave of the Chairman, move an amendment of any clausealready passed.60. (1) A clause may be postponed, unless upon an amendment thereto a question shall havebeen fully put from the Chair.(2) Postponed clauses shall be considered after the remaining clauses of the Bill have beenconsidered and before new clauses are brought up.61. (1) New clauses may be offered before the Schedules to the Bill are considered andshall be deemed to have been read the first time. The questions which follow thereupon shallbe “That the clause be read a second time” and “that the clause (or the clause as amended) beadded to the Bill”.(2) New Schedules may be offered after the Schedules to the Bill have been disposed of andshall be treated in the same manner as new clauses.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 20(3) When every clause and Schedule and proposed new clause or Schedule have been dealtwith, the preamble, if there be one, shall be considered and a question put “That this be thepreamble of the Bill”.(4) If any amendment be necessary to the title of the Bill, it shall be made at the conclusionof the proceedings detailed above.REPORTS OF COMMITTEES ON BILLS62. When a Committee of the whole Parliament has completed the consideration of a Bill,the Chairman shall report the Bill with or without amendments to Parliament.63. A Standing Committee or a Select Committee to which a Bill has been referred shallpresent a report to Parliament setting out its recommendations, and a copy of the report shallbe distributed to every member.64. The report of a Select Committee upon a Bill shall be presented by the Chairman andmay be ordered to lie upon the Table, or be otherwise dealt with as Parliament may direct.Upon motion made by any member the Bill may be referred to a Committee of the wholeParliament or the report of the Select Committee set down for consideration upon a day to beappointed by the member in charge of the Bill.65. The report of a Standing Committee on a Bill shall be presented by the Chairman andthe report shall be set down for consideration upon a day to be appointed by the member incharge of the Bill. Upon consideration of the report from a Standing Committee or a SelectCommittee, Parliament shall consider only those amendments, if any, made by the Committeebut may further amend those amendments. No new amendments shall be made by Parliamentupon consideration of the report except such as are consequential upon amendments made bythe Committee and accepted by Parliament, but the Bill may by recommitted to the sameCommittee with reference to particular amendments made by the Committee.THIRD READING66. A Bill having passed through Committee of the whole Parliament, or having beenreported without amendment to Parliament by a Select Committee, may, on motion made,forthwith be read a third time and passed, or if Parliament so direct the Third Reading may bepostponed.67. (1) When a Bill has been reported to Parliament by a Standing Committee withoutamendment, it may upon the day appointed for its consideration, be forthwith read a thirdtime and passed or if Parliament so direct, the Third Reading may be postponed.(2) If a Standing Committee or a Select Committee has amended the Bill, it may be read athird time and passed as soon as Parliament has considered the amendments made by theCommittee or if Parliament so direct, the Third Reading may be postponed.*68. [At the Third Reading of a Bill, verbal or drafting amendments may be made uponMotion after notice. At any time before the certificate of Mr. Speaker is endorsed on the BillMr. Speaker shall have the power to correct any grammatical or typographical errors in theBill.]* Original deleted and substituted by the twenty ninth amendment to Standing Orders February 26, 1993.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 21MR. SPEAKER’S CERTIFICATE69. A soon as may be after a Bill has been passed by Parliament Mr. Speaker shall endorseon the Bill in Sinhala and Tamil the Certificate prescribed by Article 79 of the ConstitutionALLOTTED DAYS FOR APPROPRIATION BILL*70. (1) Twenty-six days and no more (unless as hereinafter provided) being days before 31 stDecember shall be allotted to the consideration of the Appropriation Bill.Provided that days occupied in the consideration of any Supplementary Appropriation Billshall not be included in the compilation of the aforesaid twenty-six days.(2), On a day so allotted the hours of sitting shall be 9.00 a.m to 12.00 noon and 1.30 p.m to6.30 p.mProvided that at 6.00 p.m paragraph (5) and (6) of Standing Order shall operate.(3) on a day so allotted, the Appropriation Bill shall be put down as the first item of PublicBusiness and no other Public Business shall be taken before 6.00 p.m on any such day.(4) Not more than seven days shall be allotted to the Second Reading of the Bill, and at 6.00p.m on the last allotted day Mr. Speaker shall, unless the proceedings on Second Readinghave terminated earlier put forthwith any question necessary to dispose of the of the SecondReading and to commit the Bill and Parliament shall not be adjourned until all such Questionshave been disposedof.(5) Except as provided in paragraph (1) of this Order not more than twenty two of the daysshall be allotted to the Committee Stage of the Appropriation Bill and on the last of such daysat 6.00 p.m the Chairman shall, unless the Bill has previously been reported, put forthwith theQuestion on any amendment then under discussion and then successively on any Governmentamendments to that Head and the Question necessary to dispose of that Head and shall thenproceed successively to put forthwith the Question with respect to each Ministry’s Head thatthe total amounts of the Heads outstanding in the Ministry’s Estimates be inserted in theSchedule for the services defined in those Estimates and then that the several Schedulesrespectively stand part of the Bill and Parliament shall not be adjourned until the Bill has beenreported.(6) On any day on which proceedings under this Order are to be brought to a conclusion theconsideration of such proceedings shall not be anticipated or interrupted by a motion ofadjournment and no dilatory motion shall be moved on such proceedings.Provided that if leave is given for a motion of adjournment under Standing Order 17 suchmotion shall stand over until the proceedings on the Appropriation Bill have been concludedand at 8.30 p.m Mr. Speaker shall, unless Parliament be previously adjourned, adjournParliament without question put.* Original deleted and substituted by the fourteenth amendment to Standing Orders January 8, 1985.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 22RESPONSIBILITY FOR RULES OF ORDER71. (1) Mr. Speaker in Parliament and the Chairman in any Committee shall be responsiblefor the observances of the rules of order in Parliament and Committee respectively and theirdecision upon any point of order shall not be open to appeal and shall not be reviewed byParliament except upon a substantive motion made after notice.(2) Whenever Mr. Speaker or the Chairman rises during a debate any member speaking, oroffering to speak, shall sit down and Parliament or Committee shall be silent so that Mr.Speaker or the Chairman may be heard without interruption.(3) When a question of order has been stated the member who raises it shall resume his seat,and no other member, except by leave of Mr. Speaker or the Chairman, shall rise till Mr.Speaker or the Chairman has risen and decided the question, after which the member who wasaddressing Parliament at the time the question was raised shall be entitled to proceed with hisspeech, giving effect to the ruling of the Chair.ORDER IN PARLIAMENT72. (1) Whenever any member is named by Mr. Speaker immediately after the commissionof the offence of disregarding the authority of the Chair, or of abusing the rules of Parliamentby persistently and wilfully obstructing the business of Parliament, or otherwise, Mr. Speakershall forthwith put the question on a motion being made (no amendment, adjournment ordebate being allowed) “that such member be suspended from the service of Parliament”.(2) If any such motion be carried and any member be suspended under this Order hissuspension on the first occasion shall be for one week; on the second occasion during thesame session for two weeks; and on the third or any subsequent occasion during the samesession for one month.(3) Not more than one member shall be named at the same time, unless several memberspresent together have jointly disregarded the authority of the Chair.(4) If any member or members acting jointly who have been suspended under this Order fromthe service of Parliament, refuse, at any time during the period of suspension, to obey thedirection of Mr. Speaker to withdraw from the precincts of Parliament, Mr. Speaker maydirect such steps to be taken as are required to enforce his decision.(5) If an offence of the kind described in the first paragraph of this Order is committed in aCommittee of the whole Parliament, the Chairman shall forthwith suspend the proceedings ofthe Committee and report the circumstances to Parliament and Mr. Speaker shall on a motionbeing made thereupon put the same question without amendment, adjournment or debate, as ifthe offence has been committed in Parliament.73. Mr. Speaker, after having called the attention of Parliament to the conduct of a memberwho persists in irrelevance or tedious repetition either of his own arguments or of thearguments used by other members in debate may direct the member to discontinue his speech.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 2374. (1) Mr. Speaker shall order members whose conduct is grossly disorderly to withdrawimmediately from Parliament during the remainder of the day’s sitting and may direct suchsteps to be taken as are required to enforce his order.(2) If on any occasion Mr. Speaker deems that his powers under this Order are inadequate, hemay name such members in pursuance of Standing Order 72.*75. [Member who are suspended under Standing Order 72 or are directed to withdraw underStanding Order 74 shall forthwith withdraw from the precincts of Parliament and shall duringthe period of such suspension, be debarred from the Committees.Precincts of Parliament means and includes the Parliament Buildings and the land area fromGate No. 1 to Gate No. 3 of Parliament.]76. In case of grave disorder arising in Parliament Mr. Speaker may, if he thinks itnecessary to do so, adjourn Parliament without question put or suspend the sitting for a timeto be named by him.**77. [(1) Any member who has used objectionable words in debate which are improper orunparliamentary or has stated in debate anything in contravention of Standing Order No. 78 orStanding Order No. 84 (vi) or (viii) and has not explained or retraced the same, or offeredapologies for the use thereof to the satisfaction of Parliament, or who has committed anybreach of order not specified in these Orders may be proceeded against in any way Parliamentthinks fit, and nothing in these Orders shall prevent Parliament from proceeding against anymember for breaches of order specified in these Orders in any other manner than the mannerspecified in these Orders. (2) (i) If Mr. Speaker is of opinion–(a) that objectionable words have been used in debate which are improper orunparliamentary, or(b) that anything has been stated in debate in contravention of Standing Order No. 78or Standing Order No. 84 (vi) or (viii) he may in his discretion order that suchwords or such statements be expunged from the Official Report of ParliamentaryDebates (Hansard) and those words or statements shall be regarded as unspoken.(ii) If Mr. Speaker makes such order other than in the course of Proceedings inParliament Mr. Speaker shall inform Parliament of such order at the next sittingof Parliament.]* Original deleted and substituted by the thirtieth amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.** Original deleted and substituted by the first amendment to Standing Orders, March 5, 1980.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 24RULES OF DEBATE78. The conduct of the President, or acting President, Members of Parliament, Judges orother persons engaged in the administration of justice shall not be raised except upon asubstantive motion ; and in any amendment, question to a Minister, or remarks in a debate ona motion dealing with any other subject reference to the conduct of the persons aforesaid shallbe out of order.*78A. [(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Standing Orders, where notice ofa resolution for the presentation of an address to the President for the removal of a Judge fromoffice is given to the Speaker in accordance with Article 107 of the Constitution, the Speakershall entertain such resolution and place it on the Order Paper of Parliament but suchresolution shall not be proceeded with until after the expiration of a period of one month fromthe date on which the Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order hasreported to Parliament.(2) Where a resolution referred to the paragraph (1) of this Order is placed on the Order Paperof Parliament, the Speaker shall appoint a Select Committee of Parliament consisting of notless than seven members to investigate and report to Parliament on the allegations ofmisbehaviour or incapacity set out in such resolution.(3) A Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall transmit to theJudge whose alleged misbehaviour or incapacity is the subject of its investigation, a copy ofthe allegations of misbehaviour or incapacity made against such Judge and set out in theresolution in pursuance of which such Select Committee was appointed, and shall requiresuch Judge to make a written statement of defence within such period as may be specified byit.**[(4) The Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall have power tosend for persons, papers and records and not less than half the number of members of theSelect Committee shall form the quorum](5) The Judge whose alleged misbehaviour or incapacity is the subject of the investigation bya Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall have the right to appearbefore it and to be heard by, such Committee, in person or by representative and to adduceevidence. oral or documentary, in disproof of the allegations made against him.(6) At the conclusion of the investigation made by it, a Select Committee appointed underparagraph (2) of this Order shall within one month from the commencement of the sittings ofsuch Select Committee, report its findings together with the minutes of evidence taken beforeit to Parliament and may make a special report of any matters which it may think fit to bringto the notice of Parliament;Provided however, if the Select Committee is unable to report its findings to Parliamentwithin the time limit stipulated herein the Select Committee shall seek permission ofParliament for an extension of a further specified period of time giving reason therefor, andParliament may grant such extension of time as it may consider necessary.* Added by the fifth amendment to Standing Orders, April 4, 1984.** Original deleted and substituted by the fifteenth amendment to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 25(7) Where a resolution for the presentation of an address to the President for the removal of aJudge from office on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity is passed byParliament, the Speaker shall present such address to the President on behalf of Parliament.(8) All proceedings connected with the investigation by the Select Committee appointedunder paragraph (3) of this Order shall not be made public unless and until a finding of guilton any of the charges against such Judge is reported to Parliament by such Select Committee.(9) In this Standing Order “Judge” means the Chief Justice, the President of the Court ofAppeal and every other Judge of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal appointed by thePresident of the Republic by Warrant under his hand.]*78B. [(1) Where a resolution for the presentation of an address to the President for theremoval from office of–(a) the Secretary-General of Parliament appointed under Article 65 of the Constitution ; or(b) the Commissioner of Election appointed under Article 103 of the Constitution; or(c) the Auditor-General appointed under Article 153 of the Constitution; or(d) the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration appointed under Article 156 of theConstitution.is placed on the Order Paper of Parliament, such resolution shall not be proceeded with untilafter the expiration of a period of one month from the date on which the Select Committeeappointed under paragraph (2) of this Order has reported to Parliament.(2) Where a resolution referred to in paragraph (1) of this Order is placed on the Order Paperof Parliament, the Speaker shall appoint a Select Committee of Parliament consisting of notless seven members to investigate and report to Parliament on the matters set out in suchresolution.(3) A Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall transmit to theperson whose removal from office is the subject matter of its investigation, a copy of thematters set out in the resolution in pursuance of which such Select Committee was appointed,and shall require such person to make a written statement of defence within such period asmay be specified by it.**(4) [The Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall have power tosend for persons, papers and records and not less than half the number of members of theSelect Committee shall form the quorum.]* Added by the sixth amendment to Standing Orders, April 4, 1984 :** Original deleted and substituted by the sixteenth amendments to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 26(5) At the conclusion of the investigation made by it, a Select Committee appointed underparagraph (2) of this Order, shall report its findings together with the minutes of evidencetaken before it to Parliament, and may make a special report of any matters which it maythink fit to bring to the notice of Parliament.(6) Where a resolution for the presentation of an address to the President referred to inparagraph (1) of this Order is passed by Parliament, the Speaker shall present such address tothe President on behalf of Parliament.]79. No member shall speak more than once on any proposition before Parliament except .(a) in explanation of some material part of his speech, which has been misunderstood, butwithout the introduction of any new matter, or(b) to a point of order.80. The mover of any motion or amendment may speak in support thereof ; but no furtherdebates shall be allowed nor shall any question thereon be put to Parliament, until the motionor amendment be duly seconded.81. Any member may second a motion or amendment by rising in his place and bowing tothe Chair, without prejudice to his right to speak at a later period of the debate.82. No member may speak to any question after the same has been fully put by Mr.Speaker. A question is fully put when the voices of both the Ayes and the Noes have beengiven thereon.83. When a question for debate has been proposed, debated, and disposed of, it shall not becompetent to any member, without the leave of Mr. Speaker, again to propose such questionin the same session, nor shall it be competent, without such leave, to revive in any debatematter upon which Parliament has come to a conclusion during the same session.RULES FOR MEMBERS SPEAKING IN PARLIAMENT84. In speaking to any proposition under consideration of Parliament, the following rulesshall be strictly observed.(i) Every member shall address his observations to Mr. Speaker and shall, except with theleave of Mr. Speaker, speak standing.(ii) He shall not be interrupted, unless out of order.(iii) When he has finished his observations, he shall resume his seat, and any other memberwishing to address Parliament may rise.(iv) If two members rise at the same time, Mr. Speaker shall call on the member who firstcatches his eye.(v) Every member must confine his observations to the subject under discussion.(vi) No member shall refer to any matter which is under adjudication by a court of law or toany matter on which a judicial decision is pending.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 27(vii) No member shall refer to any other member by name.(viii) No member shall impute improper motives to any other member.(ix) A member may speak to the question before Parliament or upon any amendmentproposed thereto.(x) By the indulgence of Parliament a member may explain matters of a personal naturealthough there is no question before Parliament, but such matters may not be debated, andhe must confine himself strictly to the vindication of his own conduct.(xi) The mover of any resolution or motion may reply after all the other members presenthave had an opportunity of addressing Parliament and before the question put.(xii) Any member deviating from the rules may be immediately called to order by Mr.Speaker, or by any other member rising to a point of order.RULES FOR MEMBERS NOT SPEAKING85. A member during a debate in Parliament or in a Committee of the whole Parliament—(i). Shall enter Parliament or Committee with decorum ;(ii). Shall not cross Parliament irregularly ;(iii). Shall not read newspapers, books or letters save such as related to the business beforeParliament;(iv). Shall not smoke;(v). Shall maintain silence while another member is speaking and shall not interrupt unlessthe member speaking gives way.COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE PARLIAMENT.86. (1) A Committee of the whole Parliament is appointed by resolution that Parliamentresolve itself into Committee.(2) When such resolution has been agreed to Mr. Speaker will leave the Chair withoutquestion put.87. Mr. Speaker, or if he not present, the Deputy Speaker, shall preside as Chairman of aCommittee of the whole Parliament, and in the absence of both, the Deputy Chairman ofCommittees shall preside. In the absence of Mr. Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, and the DeputyChairman of Committees, a member of the Chairman’s panel shall preside.88. The Chairman of a Committee of the whole Parliament shall take his seat in the Chairappointed by Mr. Speaker for that purpose.89. Voting in Committee of the whole Parliament shall be carried out in accordance withthe provisions of Standing Orders 42 to 44 with the substitution therein of the Chairman forMr. Speaker.90. The Chairman of a Committee of the whole Parliament shall not vote unless the votesof the other members are equally divided; in such case he shall give his casting vote.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 2891. The rules as to procedure when Mr. Speaker is in the Chair shall apply to procedure inCommittee of the whole Parliament except that–(a) a motion shall not require notice ;(b) a motion need not be seconded ;(c) a member may speak more than once to the same question.92. A Committee of the whole Parliament shall consider such matters only as shall havebeen referred to it by Parliament.93. The proceedings in a Committee of the whole Parliament shall be recorded in theminutes.SELECT COMMITTEES94. If it is desired to enable a Select Committee to whom a Bill or matter has been referredto hear evidence thereon, Parliament may by resolution empower that Committee to send forpersons, papers and records and any Committee on whom such powers have been conferredshall have leave to report their opinions and observations together with the minutes ofevidence taken before them to Parliament and to make a special report of any matters whichthey may think fit to bring to the notice of Parliament.95. A Select Committee shall not, without the leave of Parliament, consist of more thantwelve members. A motion for such leave requires notice.*96. [The scope of an inquiry by a Select Committee shall be defined by the terms of theOrder under which it is appointed but it may be enlarged or restricted by the instructions ofParliament. Such Order shall prescribe the time for the presentation of the final report of thecommittee provided that the Parliament may extend such time to a specified date.]97. The Chairman and Members of every Select Committee shall be appointed by Mr.Speaker. In the absence of the Chairman, any Member of the Committee chosen by themembers of the Select Committee shall be Chairman.98. The Committee shall hold its meeting at such time and place as may be appointed bythe Chairman. Meetings after the first meeting shall be held at such times and places as theCommittee may determine.99. Four members of a Select Committee shall unless otherwise ordered form the quorum.100. Mr. Speaker may from time to time in the case of the death or resignation of a memberappoint another member to take the place of such member on a Select Committee. Anymember who absents himself from three consecutive meetings of a Select Committee withouthaving obtained the prior leave of such Committee shall be deemed to have vacated hismembership of such Committee. Every appointment under this Order shall be announced toParliament at its next meeting.101. The Chairman of a Select Committee shall have an original vote. If the votes cast beequally divided he shall also have a casting vote.* Original deleted and substituted by the thirty first amendment to Standing Orders February 26, 1993.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 29102. A Select Committee may continue its investigations although Parliament may beadjourned and shall not be dissolved until the presentation to Parliament of its report or bymotion of Parliament.103. The names of the members present each day at the sitting of any Select Committee, thenames of the witnesses examined and in the event of any division taking place, the questionproposed, the name of the proposer and the respective votes thereupon of the memberspresent, shall be entered in the minutes of the proceedings of the Committee and such minutesof proceedings together with the minutes of evidence shall be reported to Parliament andprinted with the report of the Committee.CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES*104. [The Committee of Selection shall at the commencement of every Session of Parliamentand from time to time as necessity may arise appoint a number of Consultative Committeescorresponding to the number of Ministers of the Cabinet.]105. The Chairman of a Consultative Committee shall be the Minister in charge of thesubjects and functions which the Committee has been empowered to Consider :Provided that in the case of the Ministries which are in charge of the President, the DeputyMinister of those Ministries shall be the Chairman of such Consultative Committees.**106. [Each Consultative Committee shall consist of not less than five members and not morethan †[twelve members] appointed by the Committee of Selection.]†*106A. The Committee of Selection may, from time to time in the case of death, resignationor vacation of membership of a member of a Consultative Committee, appointed anothermember to take the place of such member on Consultative Committee. However, theCommittee of Selection reserves to itself the right to discharge any member of anyConsultative Committee when the Committee deems it necessary and appoint another in hisplace. Every appointment under this Order shall be announced to Parliament at its nextmeeting.]***[106B. Any member who absents himself from three consecutive meetings of theCommittee without having obtained the prior leave of such Committee on application underhis signature, shall be deemed to have vacated his membership of such ConsultativeCommittee and shall not be re-appointed to such Committee during the same Session unlessagreed to by the Committee of Selection.* – Original deleted and substituted by the thirty second amendment to Standing Orders, February 1985** Original deleted and substituted by the seventh amendment to Standing Orders, April 4, 1984† Original words deleted and substituted by the thirty-third amendment to Standing Orders February 26, 1993†* Added by the eight amendment to Standing Orders, April 4, 1984, thereafter deleted and substituted by theseventeenth amendment to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.*** Added by the eighteenth amendment to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 30Provided that the preceding provisions shall not apply where any meeting of such Committeeis held on a day falling within the period during which such member has, with the leave ofParliament first obtained, absented himself from sittings of Parliament.]107. Each Consultative Committee shall, as far as possible reflect the party composition inParliament. The Committee of Selection shall consult the wishes of the members in makingappointments to the Consultative Committees and shall, as far as possible. Accommodatethose wishes of the members.108. No Member shall serve in more than one Consultative Committee unless the Committeeof Selection decides to the contrary.*[108 A. Any Member of Parliament may attend the meetings of a Consultative Committee ofwhich he is not a member at the request of the Chairman of the Committee and shall withdrawwhen requested by the Chairman.]**109. [The duty of a Consultative Committee shall be to inquire into and report upon suchmatters as are referred to it by the chairman or by Parliament, including any Bill, proposalsfor legislation, supplementary or other estimates, statements of expenditure, motions, annualreports or papers.]110. A Consultative Committee shall have the power to initiate through the Chairman anyBill or motion.†*[111. Each Consultative Committee shall meet whenever summoned by the Chairman. Itshall be the duty of every Secretary to the Ministry to ensure in consultation with theChairman and Secretary General of Parliament that meetings are summoned by the Chairmanat least once a month and a meaningful programme of work arranged.Provided that a meeting shall be summoned as soon as possible upon the written request of atleast three members of such Consultative Committee.]112. The Secretary-General or any other officer of Parliament nominated by him shall be theSecretary to every such Committee. He shall be provided with such other staff, facilities andresources as may be necessary to carry out his duties and functions.113. The Report from the Consultative Committee on matters referred to it by Parliamentshall be presented to Parliament by the Chairman within three months of such reference, andif considered necessary, Parliament may propose the further consideration of any particularitems. A reservation by any member of a Committee may be added to the Report :* Added by the thirty-fourth amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.** Original deleted and substituted by the thirty-fifth amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.†* Original deleted and substituted by the ninth amendment to Standing Orders April 4, 1984 and thereafter deletedand substituted by the thirty-sixth amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 31Provided that matters referred to a Consultative Committee shall not be taken up forconsideration by Parliament until the Report of the Consultative Committee on those mattersis presented to Parliament.114. Each Consultative Committee shall have the power to send for and examine persons,papers and records, to move from place to place and to do all such acts as are necessary forthe fullest consideration of the matters referred to it and to meet notwithstanding anyadjournment of Parliament.*115. [There members of a Consultative Committee shall or the quorum and it shall be theduty of the Chairman of such Consultative Committee, not to function without the requiredquorum.]SUB COMMITTEES**[115.A (1) Each Consultative Committee may, when it considers necessary appoint subcommittees of its own members to examine and report to such ConsultativeCommittee on such matters within a period to be specified by theConsultative Committee, as such Consultative Committee may direct andsuch Consultative Committee may when it considers necessary authorize anysuch sub committee for the performance of its duties to summon before it andquestion any person and call for and examine any paper, record or documentand move from place to place for the fullest consideration of the mattersreferred to it and to meet notwithstanding any adjournment of Parliament.(ii) Each sub committee shall consist of a Chairman and two other membersnominated by the Consultative Committee. Two members including theChairman of such sub committee shall form the quorum. (iii) A member functioning as Chairman of one sub committee shall not functionin that capacity concurrently in any other sub committee of such ConsultativeCommittee. (iv) The Secretary-General of Parliament or any other officer nominated by himshall be the Secretary to every sub committee who shall prepare and maintainthe minutes of every such sub committee.(v) All meetings of sub committees shall be held in Parliament unless theConsultative Committee decides otherwise]* Original deleted and substituted by the nineteenth amendment to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.** Added by the twentieth amendment to Standing Orders, January 8, 1985.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 32*[116. The duty of a Standing Committee shall be limited to the consideration of theBills/Proposed Statutes referred to it by Parliament, and for that purpose it shall have powerto send for persons, papers and records.*117. The first meeting of a Standing Committee for the consideration of the Bill/ProposedStatutes referred to it shall be held at such time and place as the Chairman shall appoint.Subsequent meetings for the consideration of the same Bill/Proposed Statute shall be held atsuch times and places as the Committee may determine, provided that if the Committee failsto do so the Chairman shall, in consultation with the Secretary-General, appoint such timesand places.*118. (1) The Chairman of a Standing Committee shall have an original vote and if thevotes be equally divided, he shall also have a casting vote.(2) The member in charge of any Bill referred to a Standing Committee, if not a member ofthat Committee, shall have the right to attend any meeting at which such Bill shall be underdiscussion and to address the Committee upon the Bill, and to move amendments and vote asa member of the Committee upon any question arising in connection with such Bill.*119. The procedure in Standing Committees shall be as nearly as may be the same as thatin Committee of the Whole Parliament and the minutes of a Standing Committee shall be keptin the same form as those of a Committee of the Whole Parliament and shall be reported toParliament within the time limit, if any, laid down by Parliament, together with theBill/Proposed Statute and the report thereon.*120. A Standing Committee may continue its deliberations although Parliament beadjourned :Provided, however, that at the conclusion of a session a Standing Committee has notcompleted its deliberations and presented its report to Parliament, the proceedings of thatCommittee shall stand referred to the Standing Committee to which the Bill/Proposed Statutemay be referred in the next session.]COMMITTEES FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES121. COMMITTEE OF SELECTION:–There shall be a Committee to be designated theCommittee of Selection appointed at the commencement of every session to consider thenumber, functions and constitution (including quorum) of Consultative Committees andLegislative Standing Committees and to report with all convenient speed their opinionsthereon to Parliament, and to nominate members to serve upon any such ConsultativeCommittees and Legislative Standing Committees appointed by Parliament and to nominatemembers to serve upon the House Committee,* Original deleted and substituted by the twenty seventh amendment to Standing Orders, December 22, 1989.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 33the Committee on Standing Orders, the Committee on Parliamentary Business, TheCommittee on Public Accounts, the Committee on Public Enterprises, the Committee onPrivileges and the Committee on Public Petitions. *[The Committee of Selection shall consistof Mr. Speaker as Chairman and seventeen Members which shall include the Leaders ofpolitical parties or their nominees to be nominated by Parliament at the commencement ofeach Session.] The Committee shall have leave to sit not withstanding any adjournment ofParliament, to report from to time, time, and to inform Parliament when any member has beennominated to any Committee.122. HOUSE COMMITTEE – There shall be a Committee to be designated the HouseCommittee consisting of Mr. Speaker as Chairman and nine members nominated by theCommittee of Selection to consider and advice upon all matters connected with the comfortand convenience of members. The minutes of meetings of this Committee shall be circulatedto all members.123. COMMITTEE ON STANDING ORDERS – There shall be a Committee to bedesignated the Committee on Standing Orders consisting of Mr. Speaker as Chairman, theDeputy Speaker, the Deputy Chairman of Committees and six other members to be nominatedby the Committee of Selection. It shall be the duty of the Committee to consider matters ofprocedure and conduct of business in Parliament and to recommend any amendments oradditions to these Standing Orders that may be deemed necessary and to report on all mattersrelating to the Standing Orders which may be referred to them by Parliament.124. COMMITTEE ON PARLIAMENTARY BUSINESS – There shall be a Committeeto be designated the Committee on Parliamentary Business consisting of Mr. Speaker asChairman, the Deputy Speaker, the Deputy Chairman of Committees, the Leader of the Houseof Parliament, the Leader of the Opposition, the Chief Government Whip, the ChiefOpposition Whip and **[eight other members to be nominated by the Committee ofSelection.] It shall be the duty of the Committee to consider and decide on the time thatshould be allocated for the discussion of such business of Parliament and such other mattersas Mr. Speaker, in consultation with the Leader of the House of Parliament, may refer to theCommittee. The minutes of meetings of this Committee shall be circulated to all members. 125. COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTS- (1) There shall be a Committee to bedesignated the Committee on Public Accounts ***[consisting of twelve members] nominatedby the Committee of Selection.(2) It shall be the duty of the Committee to examine the accounts showing the appropriationof the sums granted by Parliament to meet the public expenditure and such other accounts laidbefore Parliament as the Committee may think fit, along with the reports of the AuditorGeneral on local authorities.* Original words deleted and substituted by the thirty seventh amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.** Original words deleted and substituted by the thirty-eight amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.*** Original words deleted and substituted by the thirty-ninth amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 34(3) The Committee shall, from time to time, report to Parliament on the accounts examined,the finances, financial procedures, performance and management generally of anydepartment, local authority and on any matter arising therefrom.(4) The Committee may when it considers necessary appoint sub-committees of its ownmembers to examine and report to the Committee on all accounts and the finances andmanagement of such departments, local authorities as the Committee may direct.(5) The Committee or any of its subcommittees shall for the performance of its duties havethe power to summon before it and question any person and call for and examine any paperbook, record or other document and to have access to stores and property.(6) The quorum of the Committee shall be four members.126. COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ENTERPRISES – (1) There shall be a Committee to bedesignated the Committee on Public Enterprises [*consisting of twelve members] nominatedby the Committee of Selection.(2) It shall be the duty of the Committee to examine the accounts of public corporations andof any business or other undertaking vested under any written law in the Government laidbefore Parliament, along with the reports of the Auditor-General thereon.(3) The Committee shall, from time to time, report to Parliament on the accounts examined,the budgets and annual estimates, the finances, financial procedures, performance andmanagement generally of any public corporation or of any business or other undertakingvested under written law in the Government and on any matter arising there from.(4) The Committee may when it considers necessary appoint sub committees of its ownmembers to examine and report to the Committee on all accounts, the budgets and annualestimates, the finances and management of such public corporations or of any business orother undertaking vested under any written law in the Government as the Committee maydirect.(5) The Committee or any of its sub-committees shall for the performance of its duties havethe power to summon before it and question any person and call for and examine any paper,book, record or other document and to have access to stores and property.(6) The quorum of the Committee shall be four members.* Original deleted and substituted by the forty-second amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 35127. COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES- There shall be a committee to be designated theCommittee on Privileges consisting of not more than ten members to be nominated by theCommittee of Selection for the examination of every Question of Privilege that may bereferred to it on motion moved and approved by Parliament, and for the determination withreference to the facts of each case whether a breach of Privilege has been committed and if so,the nature of the breach, the circumstances leading to it, to make recommendation as theCommittee may deem fit. The report of the Committee on each question referred to it shall bepresented to Parliament as early as possible. The Committee shall have the power to send forpersons, documents and other record and to do all such acts as are necessary for the fullestinvestigation of the matters referred to it.*[ 128. COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC PETITIONS.- (1) There shall be a Committee to bedesignated the Committee on Public Petitions consisting of ten members nominated by theCommittee of Selection.(2) It shall be the duty of the Committee to consider the petitions referred to it under theprovisions of Standing Order No. 25A (10).(3) Where the Committee is of the view that any petitions disclose an infringement of afundamental right or other injustice by a public officer or an officer of a public corporation,local authority or other like institution, it may refer such petition, to the ParliamentaryCommissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) for investigation and report.(4) The Committee may, after consideration of a report made to it by the ParliamentaryCommissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) upon the conclusion of his investigation inrespect of a petition referred to him by the committee, report to Parliament its opinion on theaction to be taken on such report.(5) The Committee shall from time to time, report to Parliament its opinion on the action to betaken in respect of petitions referred to it, together with such other observations on suchpetitions as it may think fit.(6) The Committee may, when it considers necessary, appoint sub-committees of its ownmembers to examine and report to the Committee on such petitions or reports as theCommittee may direct.(7) The Committee or any of its sub-committee shall, for the performance of its duties havethe power to summon before it and question any person, call for and examine any paper,book, record or other document and to have access to stores and property.(8) The quorum of the Committee shall be three members.]* Original deleted and substituted by the third amendment to Standing Orders, November 3, 1981.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 36*[128A. COMMITTEE ON HIGH POSTS-(1) There shall be a Committee to be designed the Committee on High posts consisting ofnot more than twelve members to be nominated by the Committee of Selection to examine thesuitability of any persons who has been either appointed to any post or nominated to holdoffice in any post determine by the Cabinet of Ministers and to make recommendations inregard to such persons.(2) The Committee shall, for the performance of its duties, have the power to summon beforeit and examine any person and call for and examine any paper, book, record or otherdocument and to do all such acts as necessary for the fullest investigation of the suitability ofany such person referred to (1) above.(3) The Committee shall have the power to report to Parliament from time to time and shallcontinue its examination although Parliament may be prorogued.(4) The Quorum of the Committee shall be four members.]129. In Committee for special purposes-(a) unless otherwise specified in the Standing Orders, every Committee, before thecommencement of business, shall elect one of its members to be its Chairman.(b) the Chairman shall have an original vote and if the votes cast be equally divided he shallhave a casting vote.**(c) [Vacancies shall be filled by the Committee of Selection. The filling of every suchvacancy shall be announced to Parliament at its next meeting.(d) Unless otherwise specified in the Standing Orders the quorum shall be three members andshall be the duty of the Chairman of such Committee not to function without the requiredquorum.(c) meetings may be held although Parliament may be adjourned.(f) meetings shall be held whenever summoned by the Chairman.(g) in the absence of the Chairman such member as the Committee shall elect shall preside.†(h) Any member who absents himself from three consecutive meetings without havingobtained the prior leave of such Committee, shall be deemed to have vacated his membershipof such Committee :Provided that the preceding provisions shall not apply where any meeting of such Committeeis held on a day falling within the period during which such Committee is held on a dayfalling within the period during which such Member has, with the leave from Parliament firstobtained, absented himself from Sitting of Parliament.]* Added by the forty first amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.** Original deleted and substituted by the twenty-first amendment to Standing Orders January 8, 1985.† Added by the twenty-second amendment to Standing Orders January 8, 1985.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 37GENERAL RULES FOR COMMITTEES*(130. [(1) The Secretary General or any other Officer of Parliament nominated by himshall be the Secretary to every Committee.(2) The report of a Committee shall be presented by the Chairman or in his absences by anyother member of the Committee authorised by the Chairman.(3) A Committee and any Sub-Committee appointed by such Committees shall obtainpermission from Mr. Speaker to sit outside the Parliament.(4) A Committee shall have the power subject to the approval of Mr. Speaker to appointpersons with technical knowledge either to supply information which is not readily availableor to elucidate matter of complexity within the Committee’s order of reference and toremunerate such persons.]**[130A. (i) Every Committee and any Sub-Committee appointed by such Committee when soauthorised by the Committee shall have power to admit strangers to their meetings with theapproval of the Speaker. Such strangers shall be excluded when the Committee or SubCommittee is deliberating.(ii) The Chairman of such Committee or Sub-Committee shall determine the procedure to befollowed in the admission or strangers to the meetings.(iii) The rules applicable in respect of visitors to the galleries of Parliament shall apply tostrangers admitted to meetings of a Committee or Sub-Committee.(iv) The Chairman of a Committee or Sub-Committee shall have the same powers as Mr.Speaker for the purpose of maintaining order at the meetings of the Committee or subcommittee as the case may be.]PROCEDURE IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE PARLIAMENT ON SCHEDULES TOAPPROPRIATION BILLS131. (1) The Chairman shall call the title of each Programme under each Head ofExpenditure on which a motion may be made to reduce or omit any Project or Objectappearing in the printed estimates under that Programme and the question to be proposedthereon shall be “That Program…………………..be reduced by Rs.………………………….in respect of Object …………………………….” (or ” in respect ofProject…………………………….).(2) When a question has been proposed for the reduction or omission of a Project or Objectmembers shall speak to such question only, until it has been disposed of.* Original deleted and substituted by the forty second amendment to Standing Orders, February 26, 1993.** Added by the forty-third amendment to Standing Orders February 26, 1993.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 38(3) When several motions are offered to the same Programme they shall be called upon in theorder in which the Projects to which they relate appear in the printed Estimates.(4) When several motions are offered to the same Project or Object in a Programme thesmallest reduction shall be first proposed and a motion to omit the Project or Object shall onlybe proposed after all motions for reductions have been disposed of.(5) After a question has been proposed from the Chair for reducing or omitting any Project orObject, no motion shall be made or debate allowed upon any preceding Project or Object.(6) After a question has been proposed from the Chair for the omission or reduction of anyProject no motion shall be made for the reduction or omission of any item in that Project.(7) No motion for an increase in the expenditure of a Programme Project or Object shall bemade except by a Minister after notice and that notice shall amongst other things, set out towhat sum it is proposed to raise the expenditure on that Programme and that the sanction ofthe Cabinet of Ministers had been obtained for the increase.(8) If no motion for a reduction or omission of any Project or Object in the Programme beoffered or when all such motions have been disposed of the question shall be proposed fromthe Chair “That the sum of Rs………………………for programme ………………” (or “Thatthe reduced sum of Rs……………………..for Program……………….”) “be inserted in theSchedules”. And once that question has been proposed from the Chair, no further debate onindividual Projects or Objects in that Programme will be permitted.(9) Notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders 24, motions for the reduction of anyProgram, Project or Object shall require notice.EXCESSES132. (1) No motion in respect of a grant of money for the service of a financial yearalready ended (hereinafter called an Excess) will be entertained except in the circumstancesset out in paragraph (5) of this Order.(2) It shall be an instruction to the Committee on Public Accounts that they do examine anyExcess on any Project of a Programme and state in their report whether the Excess is on theProgramme or only on one or more Projects of that Program.(3) If the Excess is on one or more Projects only, the Committee shall inquire whether theExcess was incurred with proper authority and with due regard to economy and if satisfiedshall report accordingly and no further sanction for that Excess shall be required.Provided that on any Excess on any personal emoluments Projects the Committee shall alsosatisfy themselves that the expenditure was in accordance with the existing salary scale andinvolved no element of personal favouritism and if so satisfied shall report accordingly.(4) If the Committee on Public Accounts is not satisfied they shall report that they havedisallowed the Excess or so much of the Excess they think fit.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 39(5) Whenever the Committee on Public Accounts have reported either that an Excess has beenincurred on a Programme or that they have allowed certain items of expenditure, a motion toresolve Parliament into a Committee to consider a grant to make good such an Excess or suchitems have been disallowed may be put on the Order Paper by the Minister in charge of thesubject of finance for consideration on a day to be fixed by that Minister.Provided that no such motion shall be entertained after 31st December of the year next butone after that to which the Excess relates.(6) Nothing in this Order shall diminish the power of the Committee on Public Accounts todisallow any item of expenditure, whether or not an Excess is involved, incurred withoutproper authority and the procedure set out in paragraph (5) of this Order shall apply to anysuch disallowance.*[132A. (1) No motion, in respect of any Advance Account Activity, the maximum limits ofwhich are exceeded or the minimum limits of which are not compiled with in a mannerauthorised by law (hereinafter referred to as non-compliance with Advance Accounts Limits)in any Financial year, will be entertained expect in the circumstances set out in paragraph (4)of this Order.(2) It shall be an instruction to the Committee on Public Accounts that they do examine everyinstance, reported by the Auditor-General, of the maximum limits of an Advance AccountActivity being exceeded, or a minimum limit of an Advance Account Activity not beingcomplied with. The Committee shall determine whether the non-compliance with AdvanceAccount Activity Limits, is in accordance with the law. Where the reported non-Compliancewith Advance Accounts Limits is not in accordance with the law, the Committee on PublicAccounts shall determine whether such non-compliance with Advance Accounts Limitsshould be authorised or not.(3) It shall be an instruction to the Committee on Public Accounts that they do examine anyunauthorised working losses on Advance Accounts Activities where such losses have notbeen settled in full before the end of the financial year to which such losses relate, and whichhave been reported on by the Auditor-General in his Report to Parliament.(4) Whenever the Committee on Public Accounts have recommended whether or not any noncompliance with the limits on any Advance Account Activity should be authorised or whenthe Committee have recommended whether or not unauthorised losses in any AdvanceAccount Activity should be authorized, a motion to resolve Parliament in to a Committee toconsider such recommendations may be put on the Order Paper by the Minister in charge ofthe subject of Finance for consideration on a date to be fixed by that Minister.]* Added by the tenth amendment to Standing Orders, April 4, 1984.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 40PUBLIC MONEY133. Parliament will not proceed upon the consideration of any motion, Bill or amendmentthereto authorising disposal or imposition of charge upon the Consolidated Fund or otherfunds of the Republic or the imposition of any tax or the repeal, augmentation or reduction ofany tax for the time being in force unless introduced by a Minister who shall, before makingsuch motion, introducing such Bill or moving such amendment, signify to Parliament theapproval of the Cabinet of Ministers to such motion, Bill or amendment.AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS134. Any member may give a notice of motion for the amendment of the Standing Orders.Such notice shall be accompanied by a draft of the proposed amendment and the motion whenproposed and seconded shall stand referred without any question being proposed thereon tothe Committee on Standing Orders and no further proceedings shall be taken on any suchmotion until the Committee on Standing Orders has reported thereon.SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS135. Any one or more of these Standing Orders may be suspended on a motion made afternotice by a majority of members at any meeting to enable any special business to beconsidered or disposed of :Provided that a motion under this Order unless proposed by a Minister of the Cabinet shall bedecided by a division and shall be declared lost if it appears that less than twenty membersvoted in the majority in supported of the motion.GENERAL AUTHORITY OF MR. SPEAKER136. Mr. Speaker shall have power to regulate the conduct of business in parliament in allmatters not provided for in these Standing Orders.137. Mr. Speaker shall be responsible for the management of buildings, securityarrangements and the general administration of the Chamber.138. Anything which by these Standing Orders may be done by Mr. Speaker may be done bythe Deputy Speaker or Deputy Chairman of Committees or by a member elected byParliament presiding in the place of Mr. Speaker.CHAIRMAN’S PANEL139. Mr. Speaker shall nominate at the commencement of every sessions a Chairman’s panelof not less than four members to act as temporary Chairman of Committee when requested bythe Deputy Speaker or in his absence by the Deputy Chairman of Committees and may varythe constitution of the Panel from time to time. Any thing which may be done by the DeputySpeaker may be done by a temporary Chairman when presiding in the place of the DeputySpeaker. From this panel Mr. Speaker shall appoint the Chairman of each StandingCommittee and may change the Chairman so appointed from time to time.Standing Orders of the Parliament of the Democratic SocialistRepublic of Sri Lanka 41EMPLOYMENT OF MEMBERS IN PROFESSIONAL CAPACITY140. No member shall appear before Parliament or before any committee thereof as Attorneyat Law for any party or in any capacity for which he is to receive a fee or reward.EXPENSES OF WITNESSES141. The sum to be paid or tendered for the expenses of any person who is summoned toattend or to produce any document shall be the sum which, if that person were a witnessattending Court, would be payable to him in accordance with the regulations for the timebeing in force.RESIDUARY POWERS142. All matters not specifically provided for in these Standing Order and all questionsrelating to the detailed working of these Standing Orders shall be regulated in such manner asMr. Speaker may, from time to time, direct.