Debates of 18 Jan 2006

PRAYERS 10:25 a.m.




Mr. Speaker 10:25 a.m.
Order! Order! Correction of Votes and Proceedings for Thursday, 15th December 2005 -- Pages 1 . . . 28? - [Pause] -- [No correction in the Votes and Proceedings.]
Correction of Votes and Proceedings
for Tuesday, 17th January, 2006, pages 1 to 3? Hon. Member for Mpohor Wassa East?
Mr. A. E. Amoah 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I was
present yesterday, but my name appears on page 5 as absent.
Mr. Speaker 10:25 a.m.
Thank you for that; we will make the necessary corrections.
Hon. Members in possession of the Official Report for Tuesday, 17th January,
2006 --
Mr. Haruna Iddrisu 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I
refer to page (ii) of the Official Report. If we are following the rule of asterisk being put against hon. Members of Parliament, item 34, hon. Joe Ghartey deserves an asterisk by his name, just like many others. And then under titles of Deputy Regional Ministers, I am wondering whether hon. Patricia Appiagyei is the Deputy Ashanti
Regional Minister. The records and our understanding is that she has been elected the Chief Executive Officer of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly. I do believe that we need to make the appropriate corrections.
Mr. Emmanuel A. Owusu-Ansah 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, page (ii), just one line beneath the reference made by the hon. Member on the other side, that is number 35, it is “E. Asamoah Owusu-Ansah”.
Mr. Speaker, my “Asamoa” is without “h” and for record purposes I demand that the “h” be removed. It has been repeated elsewhere in the Official Report.
PAPERS 10:25 a.m.

Mr. E. K. D. Adjaho 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I would have thought that the Papers would be available. Normally, they are put in the pigeonholes. This morning we went through our pigeonholes but we have not seen the copies. I would just want to get the assurance - I would want to be sure that the Paper is ready to be distributed.
Mr. Speaker, I am referring to the
Standing Orders. As soon as sufficient copies of a Paper for distribution - [Interruption.] So they do not even know the Order - [Interruptions.]
Mr. Adjaho 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, as soon as sufficient copies of the Paper for
distribution to hon. Members have been received in the Office of the Clerk, notice of the presentation of that Paper may be placed on the Order Paper, and as soon as Mr. Speaker announces “Papers for presentation”, the Paper shall be deemed to have been laid on the Table.
Mr. Speaker, we do not know whether the Paper is ready, we do not know. Normally - [Interruption] -- Please! We have not received them. Mr. Speaker, I am just coming from my pigeonhole. You would recall that I just left, went to my pigeonhole - [Interruptions.]
Mr. Speaker 10:25 a.m.
Order! Order!
Mr. Adjaho 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I went to my pigeonhole -- [Interruptions.] Why? They do not want to be transparent about the Paper too? They are hiding the Paper? Hide it; hide the Paper.
Mr. Speaker 10:25 a.m.
Hon. Deputy Minority Leader, I am now ordering it to be laid for distribution.
Mr. Adjaho 10:25 a.m.
Very well, Mr. Speaker. I only hope the Paper is available.
Mr. Mahama Ayariga 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, thank you for the opportunity. I would want to ask for your direction on this matter.
Mr. Speaker, if we look at Standing Order 75 (2), with your permission it says and I quote:
“If so desired by the person present ing a Paper, a shor t explanatory statement may be made by him upon its presentation.”
Mr. Speaker, it is important that all of
us sitting here have a proper appreciation of what is taking place in this House.
Mr. Speaker 10:25 a.m.
Hon. Member, you were asking me for my ruling. What is your question?
Mr. Ayariga 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, my point is that it is proper and fitting that we all have copies of the Paper so that if he decides to exercise the option to comment on it, we would all be at the same wavelength with him; otherwise, we would be lost. And, Mr. Speaker, it does not take much time for them to make copies of the Paper available to us all before it is officially laid.
Mr. Speaker 10:25 a.m.
Hon. Member, I have so ordered that it be distributed.
Mr. A. O. Aidooh 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I beg to move, that we adjourn proceedings at this stage till tomorrow morning at 10.00 o'clock to enable committees have their advertised meetings.
Mr. E. K. D. Adjaho 10:25 a.m.
Mr. Speaker, I beg to second the motion.
Question put and motion agreed to.
ADJOURNMENT 10:25 a.m.