Mr. Speaker, I believe that my Hon Senior Colleague was not following. The thing is that, if you look at page 305, as he rightly mentioned, item 12, Ministry of Youth and Sports; you will see that the Personal Emoluments (P.E.) there is GH¢86,425,555; in this P.E. is embedded GH¢83,184,927 which was meant for national service activities. So if you take the GH¢83,184,927 as per the
Committee's Report, you will be left with GH¢3,240,627 -- [Pause] -- I hope you are following.
Mr. Speaker, if you look at the P.E.
which is GH¢86,425,555, GH¢83,184,927 is meant for national service activities. So it is what has been taken out, and when you take that one out, you will see that the P.E., as per the Committee's Report is left with GH¢3,240,627. And then the GH¢83,184,927 that has been taken off, GH¢37,625,267.07 had been taken out of this amount to be added to the Service.
If you go to this Budget, if you look at the service vote of the Ministry, that is Item 3, you will see that until now it was GH¢728,455; if you add the GH¢37,625,267.07 to it, you will now come to the GH¢38,453,722.07 which is now as per the Committee's Report, the Service. So part of the P.E. that we took from Item 1, it is there, so look at the Committee's Report. If you look at the Committee's Report, you will see that the service vote there is higher by GH¢37,625,267.7; higher than what we have here.
B u t w h e n y o u l o o k a t t h e GH¢3,765, there will be a balance of GH¢45,559,658.93 which is now going to Contingency. Because, technically, what would have happened was that after deciding that the national service activity was going back to Education, and this was double count, you simply take all the 83 into Contingency, away from the Ministry.
But at the committee level, because we made arguments that when Sports was with Education and there was a heavy cut it affected Sports, we were able to convince -- why all the 83 should not be taken away. But out of that 83 that was to be taken away, 37 should be given to us to beef up the service activity, and that is what has been done. So if you