officials from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and hereby submits this report.
In examining the Bill, the Committee referred to and was guided by the following:
The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana
The Budget Statement and Eco- nomic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2009 Financial Year.
The Reports of Parliamentary Committees on the 2009 Annual Estimates of Ministries, Depart- ments and Agencies (MDAs).
3.0 Background Information
Pursuant to art icle 179 of the Constitution, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning acting on the authority of His Excellency the President has requested the House to approve and authorize the withdrawal of monies from the Consolidated Fund and for the withdrawal from other funds for the running of the State during the financial year commencing on the 1st day of January 2009 and ending on 31st December 2009.
4.0 Object of the Bill
Pursuant to article 179 (2) (a) of the Constitution, the Appropriation Bill, 2009 is seeking Parliamentary authority to enable a sum of money not exceeding nine billion, seven hundred and ninety-three million, one hundred and thirty-one thousand, four hundred and six Ghana cedis, thirty pesewas (GH¢9,793,131,406.30) to be issued from the Consolidated Fund and
other public funds during the financial year commencing on the 1st day of January and ending on the 31st day of December 2009 for the purposes of meeting government expenditure.
The specific purposes for which the sum shall be appropriated have been specified in the schedules to the Bill, all geared towards efficiently carrying out the services of the Government for the 2009 financial year.
The summary of expendi tures covered in the Bill is captioned “FIRST SCHEDULE (SECTION 1)” and attached to this Report.
The Committee, during the course of its deliberations, observed that in accordance with article 180 of the Constitution, this honourable House in November, 2008 approved an amount of two billion, two hundred and eighteen million, five hundred and six thousand, nine hundred and thirty-one Ghana cedis (GH¢2,218,506,931.00) for expenditure in advance of appropriation (vote on account) to enable the carrying on of the services of Government for the first quarter of the year 2009.
The Committee further observed that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) shall be permitted to retain and use an amount of three hundred and eighty-six million, eight hundred and eighty-one thousand, three hundred and ten Ghana cedis (GH¢386,881,310.00) of Internally Generated Funds (IGFs) during the 2009 financial year.
Again, the Committee noted that the Bill includes a sum of money not exceeding one hundred and thirty-one million, seven hundred and eighty-eight thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢131,788,000.00) of HIPC allocation to be utilized during the financial year commencing 1st of January and ending 31st day of December 2009.
An amount of money not exceeding ninety-three million, two hundred and seventy thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢93,270,000.00) of Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) is included in the Bill to be utilized during the 2009 financial year.
O u t o f t h e t o t a l a m o u n t o f GH¢9,793 ,131 ,406 .30 pro jec ted payments in 2009, the Committee noted that GH¢3,012,736,795 would constitute statutory payments whilst discretionary payments would also amount to GH¢6,780,394,611.
The Committee noted that an amount of approximate ly GH¢5,750,000 from HIPC funds would be granted to Members of Parliament (MPs) to undertake various developmental projects in their constituencies. It was further explained that each Member is expected to receive an amount of about twenty-five thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢25,000) of this allocation.
Hon Members were informed that
the District Assemblies' Common Fund (DACF) is not calculated on the total revenue but rather on the total tax revenue which does not include loans and grants and IGFs.
It was observed that the personal emolument figure in the Bill is different from what is in the Budget Statement and Economic Policy of the Government. The technical team from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, however, explained to the Committee that this has come as a result of the removal of the Personal Emoluments (P.E) of the National Service Secretariat (NSS) which was wrongly added to the P.E. of the Ministry of Youth and Sports and at the same time provided for in the Budget of the Ministry of Education.
Some Members drew the attention of the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning to the fact that the anticipated revenue from the restoration of import duty on some food items may not be realized since the Minister has indicated his unwillingness to continue with the Bill for now. They, therefore, advised the Minister to take necessary steps to increase
the projected revenue in order to ensure that the expenditures contained in the Bill can be met.
5.1 Urgency In accordance with Order 119, the
Committee has determined that the Bill is of an urgent nature and should therefore be taken through all the stages of passage in one day under a certificate of urgency. 6.0 Amendments Proposed
After carefully considering the Bill, the Committee respectfully proposes the following amendments to the Bill:
i. Clause 4 - Amendment Proposed, l ine 3, between “shall” and “utilised” insert “be”
ii. Clause 6 - Amendment Proposed, After “shall” insert “be deemed to have”
iii. Clause 7 - Amendment Proposed, After “2008” insert “(Act 748)”
v. First Schedule (Section 1) -- Amendment Proposed - “Total payments” add GH¢0.30 and “Statutory Payments” add GH¢0.30
7.0 Recommendation and Conclusion
The Committee, having carefully considered the Bill, recommends that the sum of money not exceeding nine billion, seven hundred and ninety-three million, one hundred and thirty-one thousand, four hundred and six Ghana cedis, thirty pesewas (GH¢9,793,131,406.30) be approved to be issued from the Consolidated Fund and for withdrawal from other funds for the purposes of financing all Government operations during the financial year commencing 1st January 2009 and ending 31st December
MR. BAGBIN] [DR. DUFFUOR]