Mr Speaker, in respect of the Hon Minister for Roads and Highways, we realised that there is only one Question that is pending, and given the fact that it is programmed for Friday, we agreed among ourselves that possibly the number may increase, depending on the Questions that you would admit, so that being alone on Friday, he could respond to as many Questions as possible.
Mr Speaker, Eight (8) Ministers are expected to attend upon the House to respond to twelve (12) Questions during the week.
Mr Speaker, pursuant to Order 70(2), Ministers of State may be permitted to make Statements of Government policy. Statements duly admitted by the Mr Speaker may be made in the House by Hon Members, in accordance with Order 72.
Bills, Papers and Reports
Mr Speaker, Bills may be presented to the House for First Reading in accordance with Order 120. However, those of urgent nature may be taken through the various stages in one day in accordance with Order 119.
Pursuant to Order 75, Papers for presentation to the House may be placed on the Order Paper for laying. Committee reports may also be presented to the House for consideration.
Motion and Resolutions
Mr Speaker, Motions may be debated and their consequential Resolutions, if any, taken during the week.
Mr Speaker, the Business Committee notifies Hon Members that the proposed post-budget workshop organised for all members of Parliament would now be held from Saturday, 17th to Monday, 19th November, 2018.
The change in date is to make it convenient for Hon Members of the Minority to attend their pending National Delegates Congress on Saturday, 17th November, 2018 and also participate in the workshop.
All Members of Parliament are therefore, expected to report at the venue at Koforidua in the evening of Saturday, 17th November, 2018.
Mr Speaker, the Business Committee implores Hon Members to attend all sessions of the workshop and to fully participate in all deliberations in order to be well equipped for the consideration of the Budget.
Debate on the Financial Policy of the Government
Mr Speaker, debate on the Financial Policy of the Government of Ghana for the year ending 31st December, 2019, is expected to commence on Tuesday, 20th November, 2018.
Mr Speaker, the Business Committee is mindful of the need to thoroughly debate the Financial Policy of Government for the year 2019. In order to afford as many Hon Members as possible the opportunity to be involved in the debate, the Committee has proposed the following time allotments:
i.Minority and Majority Leaders -- 30 minutes;
i. Chairperson/Ranking of Finance Committee -- 20 minutes
ii. All other Hon Members -- 20 minutes.
Mr Speaker, in accordance with the practice of the House, debate for each day would be restricted to agreed upon subject-matter areas of the national economy. The Business Committee, however, urges all Hon Members to endeavour to avoid repetitions.
Hon Members are hereby informed that debate on the Financial Policy is expected to conclude on Wednesday, 28th November, 2018.
Questions and Statements
Mr Speaker, in order to devote enough time to the debate on the Financial Policy for 2019, the Business Committee pro- poses that Questions and Statements be taken in the afternoon, after the debate on the Budget.
For the avoidance of doubt, only business items such as Communication from the President, Statement by the Speaker, Statements of commemorative nature and Policy Statements by Ministers may be taken before the Commencement of Public Business.
Sitting of the House on Monday/Extended Sittings
Mr Speaker, as recommended during the presentation of the Business State- ment last week, the House is expected to sit on Mondays, commencing on Monday, 19th November, 2018. Fur-
thermore, the House may have extended Sittings to enable the completion of scheduled business.
However, given the fact that we have agreed to meet tomorrow in the morning, we may decide at Koforidua whether to meet on Monday.
In order to meet constitutional requirements relating to the coming into force of subsidiary legislations before the House, the Business Committee proposes that the House sits tomorrow, Saturday, 17th November, 2018 at 8.00 a.m.
Mr Speaker, in accordance with Standing Order 160(2) and subject to Standing Order 53, the Committee submits to this Honourable House the order in which the Business of the House shall be taken during the week under conside- ration.
Presentation of Papers --
(a) Audit Committee Annual State- ment of the Ministry of Aviation in respect of 2017.
(b) Audit Committee Annual State- ment of the National Commu- nications Authority in respect of
(c) Report of the Committee on Roads and Transport on the Contract Agreement between the Govern- ment of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Roads and Highways through Ghana Highways Authority) and Fleck Elektroinstallationen GmbH of Austria in respect of the En- hancement of Road Safety (Phase