May 20, 2022

COPE, COPA powers to be increased!

Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena making a special statement in Parliament today (20) said that an amendment to the Standing Orders of Parliament to increase the powers of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA), the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and others will be tabled soon.

Accordingly, he said that these amendments would be brought in empowering these committees further, in order to enable them to go beyond merely issuing reports.

Gunawardena further said, “I am making a special statement on behalf of the government. The Government of today or next Parliament will submit to you an amendment to the Standing Orders of Parliament to give more powers to the Committee on Public Accounts, the Committee on Public Enterprises and other Committees. At present the Chairmen of those Committees render great service and traditionally submit a report to Parliament. There is no going beyond that. Therefore, the government will submit a draft to authorize them to go beyond merely issuing reports.”

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