that outstanding matter, we have not really found space to deal with it, but we must certainly deal with it before we adjourn, I agree.
The Hon Minority Leader is now up north attending to issues relating to floods in his constituency and Tamale in general. He indicates to me that he is going to attend the funeral of the mother of the former Majority Leader and Defence Minister, Benjamin Kunbuor. I am not sure when he would avail himself here, either Monday or Tuesday.
Whenever he appears, we would join efforts and see to prosecute this. I believe it is imperative and good for the image of this House that we are able to deal with it before we adjourn.
Mr Speaker, the fire incident and briefing, I spoke about it last week and was assured that the Report from the Service would occasion a Joint Caucus meeting for the Fire Service personnel to come and brief us about what caused the fire and what to do, as Hon Agbodza related to.
Mr Speaker, fire drills are essential to the survival of Hon Members in the event of any serious fire outbreak. I agree with him. We need to get this, but unfortunately, they have not got back to me.
Again, I believe that we should certainly be able to close that chapter before we adjourn, and if need be, if we have to go through the fire drills upon re- convening, we would be able to do that, but we need to be told what really caused the fire.
Mr Speaker, Hon Okudzeto relates to the Mid-year Review, and says that it is late in the year to have it.
Mr Speaker, a mid-year review is a mid- year review. It must be able to cover the period between January and June, but as my Hon Colleague knows, getting statistics is always very difficult in this country.
I am not sure whether if it comes at the end of July, we would be able to have all the vital statistics for the month of June to feed them into the mid-year review.
We have had occasions where Mid- Year Reviews have even come in September in this House, but that is not to repeat a bad precedent, but it has all to do with the availability of statistics. That is why we have brought it to Monday.
Mr Speaker, indeed, some of my Hon Colleagues even said that it should be done on Tuesday, but I resisted it. I said that we would need some time to interrogate it. So at least, the worst case scenario should be on Monday and that is why we would have it on that day.
Mr Speaker, we shall all work to improve on the situation next time, except that if it has to come on perhaps, June ending, then certainly, we would deal with April figures and not May figures.
Mr Speaker, yet, we happen to interrogate the performance of a Government that brought its own budget, which was approved in March. If we left it to May, effectively, we would be dealing with just two months -- April and May, which would not be the best of a review.
Mr Speaker, that is for that.
Mr Speaker, with respect to Questions disappearing, nobody conjures that the Questions should disappear. Really, the Table Officers would touch base with the various sector Ministers, and when some
of them write to them about their inability to attend to the House, they advise themselves to remove those Questions from the Order Paper.
Mr Speaker, sometimes the Table Office informs me and I get to know. I keep telling my Hon Colleagues that they should inform me, perhaps concurrent to informing the Table Office.
Mr Speaker, sometimes, I do not have the communication and so it is not purposed to keep Hon Members who submit their Questions in darkness.
Mr Speaker, I, however, agree that for best practice, the Hon Member who asked the Question should be informed ahead of time and the explanation also be given to him or her that it is for this that for which the Hon Minister may not be able to attend upon the House.
Mr Speaker, after all, when a Question is asked and Answers are provided, they are not meant to satisfy only the person who perhaps asked the Question, it is meant for the elucidation of all of us, and indeed, for the entirety of the country.
Mr Speaker, maybe, we may have to improve on the dissemination of our information.
Mr Speaker, the Hon Patrick Boamah wants a comprehensive Report to be submitted by the House Committee and he wants an assurance, even before the Committee meets.
Mr Speaker, I hope that there would not be any force majeure to prevent that meeting from happening. If it does happen, then what he expects would be accomplished. As for his invitation to have tea, I decline that respectfully.
Mr Speaker, sometimes I am not too sure of the intrigues of the Hon Boamah, so I would not follow him to take tea, but if he would want to follow me to take tea in my room, then I would oblige.
Mr Speaker, on the Committee of the Whole to discuss other matters other than what I have related to, I believe it is important. We thought we would do it, but we did not officially announce it in the Business Statement. I believe we perhaps should have.
Mr Speaker, I should think it should be possible for us to have the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday. It was one of the reasons we decided to have the Tuesday Sitting at 10.00 a. m. So it should be possible.
Mr Speaker, to the Hon Hajia Laadi who asked about outstanding Questions, I believe that the prescription would be the same as I offered, to apprise herself of Standing Order 66.
Mr Speaker, the Hon Apaak would want to know when his office would be opened? I believe the fire officers would let us know exactly when, and if every safety measure has been resorted to.
Mr Speaker, the Hon Apaak describes his constituency as a very humble constituency, but I do not know what he implies by that. I know that he could be a humble personality, but with a humble