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* Speaker of Sri Lanka parliament threatens to walk out if ministers not available to answer questions
Thu, May 8, 2014, 11:04 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 08, Colombo: The Speaker of Sri Lanka's parliament Chamal Rajapaksa threatened to walk out of the House if the legislators of both sides are not prepared to answer the oral questions and do not abide by Standing Orders during question time.

The Speaker made this observation yesterday when UNP MP P. Harrison pointed out that the subject Minister was not present in the House to answer his question. However, Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has answered the MP's question.

He also warned the MPs who were taking more than the allotted time to answer questions raised in the House and asked them to keep the answers short and to the point to save time.

From Wednesday (May 07) Members of Parliament are allowed to ask "Adjournment Questions.

One hour will be allotted for Adjournment Questions on the allotted day, and only six Adjournment Questions, 3 for the Government and 3 for the Opposition will be allowed.

Adjournment Questions will be restricted to matters of urgent public importance and a MP will be allowed to ask only one such question per day. No Supplementary Questions to an Adjournment Question is allowed.

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