By Chandani Kirinde
Forty private members motions that were on the Order Paper of Parliament
lapsed on Friday as the relevant MPs were not present in Parliament
to move the motions.
House initially debated an adjourned private member motion by UNP
MP Ravi Karunanayake, which sought to prevent politicians holding
positions in sports bodies and after it ended Deputy Chairman of
Committees M. Satchithanandan called the names of the MPs under
whose names the other motions were listed to move them, but none
of them were present.
were 14 others motions in the order book under Mr. Karunanayake's
name while MP Gamini Ratnayake had 16 private members motions to
his name, Wijedasa Rajapakse with four motions, Gamini Jayawickrema
Perera had two and Dayasiri Jayasekera and L.G. Wasantha Piyatissa
one motion each listed under their names.
MPs will now have to give fresh notice of their private members
motion to the Secretary General of Parliament to be included in
the order book. Private members motions are moved and debated on
the first Friday sitting of each month and there is a long waiting
list to get a motion taken up for debate as many MPs had given notice
of such motions, which can be on any subject.
of the motions that lapsed included one for the playing of the national
anthem before the commencement and immediately after the conclusion
of Parliamentary sessions, issuing free season tickets to students
and the appointment of a national irrigation committee.