Mr. Speaker, the Committee met on Wednesday, 13th February 2008 and determined Business of the House for the Fifth Week ending Friday, 22nd February 2008. Mr. Speaker, the Committee accordingly submits its report as follows:
Arrangement of Business
Mr. Speaker, the Committee has programmed twenty-eight (28) Questions to be answered by various Ministers during the week.
No. of Questions
i. Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing -- 5
ii. Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment -- 2
iii. Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Environment -- 5
iv. Minister for Health -- 5
v. Minister for the Greater Accra Region -- 1
vi. Minister for Transportation -- 10
Total Number of Questions -- 28 Mr. Speaker, in all, twenty-eight (28)
Questions are expected to be answered in the fifth week.
Papers and Reports
Mr. Speaker, Papers and Reports may be laid and presented respectively for consideration by the House.
Mr. Speaker, Bills may be presented to the House and those which have already been presented would be taken through the various stages of passage.
Mr. Speaker, the Report of the Committee on the Youth, Sports and Culture on the Chieftaincy Bill was laid on Wednesday, 13th February 2008. The
Business Committee therefore wishes to urge hon. Members to thoroughly read the Bill alongside the Committee's Report and submit amendments, if any, to the Table Office for processing.
Statements and Motions
Mr. Speaker may allow Statements and Motions may also be debated.
Debate of the Message on the State of the Nation
Mr. Speaker, debate of the Message on the State of the Nation presented by His Excellency the President would commence on Tuesday, 19th February 2008.
To this end, the Business Committee wishes to recommend the following time allocations during the debate of the Message.
i. Majority and Minority Leaders
ii. Mover of the motion -- 20 minutes
iii. Seconder of the motion -- 20 minutes
iv. Other Members of Leadership -- 10 minutes
v. Chairman/Chairpersons and Ranking Members -- 10 minutes
vi. The rest of hon. Members -- 5 minutes
It is also recommended that hon. Members would adhere strictly to the time allocations to ensure that as many hon. Members as possible would make their
Mr. Speaker, the Business Committee also wishes to appeal to hon. Members to try as much as possible to avoid undue interruptions whenever an hon. Member is making his/her contribution.
Mr. Speaker, in accordance with Standing Order 160 (2) and subject to Standing Order 53, your Committee submits to this honourable House the order in which the Business of the House shall be taken during the week.
Tuesday, 19th February 2008 Questions
- Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing - 1133, 1146, 1152, 1178 and
- Minister for Manpower, Youth and Employment - 1321 and 1401
Motion - That this House thanks
His Excellency the President for the Message on the State of the Nation which he delivered to this honourable House on Thursday, 14th February 2008.
- Commencement o f Debate
Wednesday, 20th February 2008 Questions
- Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Environment - 1280, 1282, 1285, 1308 and 1317
Motion - That this House thanks
His Excellency the President for the Message on the State of the Nation which he delivered to this