Speaker, it is unfortunate this is not the time for the type of proceedings we should be going through now. We are merely at the stage of Correction of Votes and Proceedings. We are not talking on substantive matters, the merits and demerits of people attending meetings or taking decisions and the rest of them.
So I would appeal to you that under the circumstances, let us stick to the order of proceedings and correct the Votes and Proceedings. I appreciate the issues they are raising, and my Colleague the Minority Leader and myself have been discussing, even this morning, and I have told the Chairman that even though they met on Friday, they should put that aside and organize a fresh meeting where everybody would take part and then this House will be going as a body.
So we take note of the concerns expressed. But I want to pray that we are at the stage of Correction of Votes and Proceedings and we must be seen to be doing that rather than debating matters, which will not progress us in this House.
“The deliberations of a Committee shall be confined to the matter referred to it by the House . . . ”
Madam Speaker, the combined effect of these two Orders should mean that if the Committee determines to consider an item, it cannot be by any other arrangement other than what is advertised on the Order Paper. You go to consider it then on the stroke of the hour, somebody goes to prepare a document and says that this should be considered alongside it. It is not right. We should streamline affairs in this House.
Otherwise, Madam Speaker, we can have a very capricious Chairman who would go and prepare a list and says that this should be part of the consideration and then use the quorate number to determine that. He says that, “well, we have the quorate number to discuss business”. That should not be allowed.
However, the Hon Majority Leader and I had a meeting this morning on this same matter and we decided that what happened the other day was not the best. We should not allow some controversy to be injected into this.
So we are appealing to the Committee to discard that Report and have another round of meeting. And before then we are even encouraging a situation where the Committee on Works and Housing, which is also well positioned to make some pronouncements on this matter, meet with the leadership of the Committee and have a joint meeting with the Committee on Finance as well as Leadership in order for us to streamline the consideration of this matter, such that when it comes before us, any differences would have been ironed out. It would have a smooth passage in this House, which is why we are saying that we should not inject
But I think the fact that it has been taken on board, that people will listen when they are told, we should be satisfied with it. We do not rule on any little matter because I do know that committee members meet even without it appearing on the Order Paper.
So, I thank you Hon Owusu-Agyemang, for your concerns and I think they have been addressed but I would not rule on this matter.
If not, shall I take it that in the absence of any corrections, the Votes and Proceedings of Friday, 18th June, 2010 is adopted as the true record of proceedings.
Now, let us move to the Official Report of Wednesday, 16th June, 2010.
Hon Members, in the absence of any correction, the Official Report of 16th June, 2010 is hereby adopted as the true record of proceedings.
Shall we now move on to Questions -- Urgent Question?
Is the Hon Attorney-General and
Minister for Justice here to answer the Question?
Hon Majority Leader, the Hon Attorney-General and Minister for Justice is to answer the Urgent Question from Hon David Oppon-Kusi.
Hon David Oppon-Kusi?