processes, so that government's delivery would be better facilitated.
Mr Speaker, I know the Zongo Development Fund Bill, 2017, the Special Prosecutor Bill, 2017, have also been referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.
Mr Speaker, I assure you that we need to fight corruption because of its debilitating effects on our national life and national development. There are experiences of the Special Prosecutor working effectively in other parts of the world. We would contribute to improve on the Bill as we do as a Parliament.
But where we have questions which remain unanswered and we think procedure is faulted because there are provisions in them that are not consistent with the 1992 Constitution, we would have no hesitation invoking the exclusive jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to seek a proper interpretation of article 88 (3) and (4) of the 1992 Constitution.
We would do that because we do not want an instance tomorrow where the Supreme Court would have to throw out an Act passed by Parliament because it is not consistent with the 1992 Constitution as required of them.
Mr Speaker, many important Bills, including the Middle Belt Development Bill, 2017, and the attempt to rename the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) as Northern Develop- ment Fund -- I wonder what is in a name. Whatever it is, we could improve the management of SADA and deliver, but once it is before us, we would look to work at it.
Mr Speaker, earlier, the Minority had indicated that we would cooperate on many national issues. There are still problems of insecurity in the country. We are following the town hall meetings very closely, and we are concerned about some of the threats that are emanating there- from.
We trust that the Hon Minister for the Interior would monitor closely the actions and excesses of those persons who might undermine the national peace and security. Our democracy can only grow in peace and security, and we would support you in supporting Government to maintain the peace and stability of our country.
Mr Speaker, your Deputies, the Hon Joseph Osei-Owusu who also chairs the Appointments Committee and the dinosaur Hon Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, were readily available to support you with the work in your absence.
On behalf of the Minority and my person, I express our gratitude to them for supporting you and for supporting the work of this House. They have been very supportive at the Committee level and sometimes, given quite some guidance, based on their experience.
Mr Speaker, to my Hon Colleagues in Leadership, especially the Hon Majority Leader, what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If there are threats to what he enjoyed yesterday, he should be seen supporting me to restore it for the good of our country's democracy.
Mr Speaker, one of the far-reaching things that one would have witnessed would have been for us today to adopt new Standing Orders.
I am amazed at the courage and leadership of the Hon Majority Leader, supported by the Whip and the Hon Bagbin as far-reaching reforms that the new Standing Orders of Parliament seek to do to strengthen Parliament in the
discharge of our duties. One cannot wait to see it adopted by this House for it to deepen our parliamentary democracy. I trust that when we consider it, it would be one of your credits and legacies.
I understand that since the year 1993, efforts at improving the Standing Orders have failed. It would be to your credit as the Speaker of this House that, recognising the contribution of others, we have finally adopted a practical Standing Orders that would serve the needs of this House.
Mr Speaker, may I also extend commendations to the Clerk to Parliament who at all times, being with his easy smile, infectious as it is, hurts no one. He opens his hands and says, “Minority Leader”, and then relates to me. He remains an important interpreter of the rules.
Let us encourage him that when he is interpreting the rules, he should do so in supporting the Speaker, so that Leadership can continue to support both of you to maintain what is important in this House.
Mr Speaker, I am also encouraged about your quest through the Parliamentary Service Board to have said that, Parliament's clinic be refurbished to the status of a strong clinic that would serve the needs of Hon Members. You have been gracious enough to extend this to even former Members of Parliament (MPs). We appreciate you for that.
Mr Speaker, I also recognise your quest for us to work at improving the Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) 11, so that we can boost the morale of members of staff of the Parliamentary Service. I know many of them are unhappy about matters relating to their promotion, the level of their remuneration and when they are able to do that --
Mr Speaker, let me also use this opportunity to thank the Parliamentary Press Corps. They have also accurately, in most instances, reported the work of this House and your Committees. I should extend to them our commendations.
As Hon Members retire, we are only going to get a deserved rest, but there is more work to be done at the level of the constituencies.
One of the important matters we also considered for this Meeting was the mid- year review of the Minister for Finance to update us on the developments and performance of the economy, which affects the lives and bread matters and also affect kenkey and fish matters.
We would wish that, next time, we are able to thoroughly debate the matter as it is brought, and it is not narrowed to coming in in a matter of a Statement, particularly when we are able to find information relating to the reversal of payment of interest arrears of GH¢758.5 million and now walking back into the 2016 era, affecting the deficit. If we had more time, we would have debated it.
Mr Speaker, once more, I thank you for the leadership. We should build a rapport and a camaraderie. The people of Ghana voted for a two-party State and not a one- party State. That is why we have an opposition. [Interruption.] Every country has a Government, but it is only in democracies that have oppositions.
Therefore, dissent is important and tolerance is important. We must work with the political position to mirror the aspirations and the need of the people of Ghana.