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Oral Questions - Thursday 09th July 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 9th July 2009



1.    0015/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, — To ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation,—

(a)    Will he inform this House—

(i)    the number of Air Crafts leased out, bought or hired for Mihin Air from the inception to-date;

(ii)    the amount being paid or amount paid, per month basis;

(iii)    the load factor required to break even;

(iv)    the load factor from the origin of the airline per month basis; and

(v)    the total cargo lift capacity and data capacity lifted to-date per month basis?


(b)    Will he state—

(i)    the total outstanding as of today with age analysis for fuel, airport aviation office space and warehouse space, taxes, aircraft dues, bank loans and any other obligation of significance;

(ii)    the total staff recruited along with the total remittance payable per month basis with perks included for all staff drawing over Rs. 200,000/- in total per month; and

(iii)    the additional cost that they pay for Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance (ACMI) even though the agreements cover the same?


(c)    If not, why?




2.    0017/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, — To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs, —

(a)    Will he inform this House —

(i)    the number of Embassies we have got throughout the world

(ii)    the names of the Ambassadors along with their professional and career experience; and

(iii)    whether each of them is a career diplomat or a political appointee separately?


(b)    Will he state —

(i)    the number of staff members in each Embassy;

(ii)    their names separately, along with the salaries and all other emoluments being paid to them; and

(iii)    the total cost of running each Embassy separately, for the last four years?


(c)    Will he also state —

(i)    the number of Sri Lanka friendship organizations, societies, caucuses or special interest groups which have been formed overseas; and

(ii)    the countries they have been formed in?


(d)    If not, why




3.    0071/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,— To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order,—

(a)    Will he inform this House the details of all radio frequencies (Spectrum) issued by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) in the past 02 years?


(b)    Will he state—

(i)    whether these radio frequencies (Spectrum) were issued according to the Government Tender Procedures stipulated for issuing of public property; and

(ii)    the revenue raised from each award of radio frequency (Spectrum)?


(c)    If not, why

Oral Questions - Wednesday 8th July 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Wednesday 8th July 2009



1.    0068/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,— To ask the Minister of Mass Media and Information and Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion,—

(a)    Will he admit that the licenses for radio broadcasting are issued at present to Government Broadcasting Agencies and private companies under the current Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Act?


(b)    Will he state, whether the Hon. Minister knows that the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) is a regulated operator under the current Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act and issuing of radio broadcasting licenses under the current Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Act and places the other applicants and licensees at a disadvantage and contravenes the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international agreements signed where fair trading and equal opportunity are concerned?


(c)    Will he state whether he will take steps to repeal the provisions in the current Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Act under which radio broadcasting licenses are issued and re-introduce these provisions, under the current Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act or similar?


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.




2.    0069/’09.
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,— To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order,—

(a)    Will he inform this House the details of all fixed and mobile telecommunication licenses issued by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) in the past 02 years?

Answer:

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has not issued Telecommunication Licences to Fixed Telephone Operators in the past two years.

Only one Mobile Telephone Operator Licence had been issued during this period and it had been to Bharathi Airtel Lanka (Private) Limited on 12th April 2007.


(b)    Will he state—

(i)    whether these Telecommunication Licenses were issued according to the Government Tender Procedures stipulated for issuing of public property; and

Answer:

Yes.


(ii)    the revenue raised from each award of Telecommunication licenses?

Answer:

Rs. 400,000,000.00 + VAT (Rupees Four Hundred Million + VAT)



(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise




3.    0070/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,— To ask the Minister of Mass Media and Information and Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion,—

(a)    Will he inform this House the details of all TV and Radio Broadcasting licenses issued by the Ministry in the past 02 years?


(b)    Will he state—

(i)    whether these licenses were issued on a tender basis;

(ii)    the procedure adopted; and

(iii)    the revenue raised by issuing of each license?


(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.

Oral Questions - Friday 07th July 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Friday 07th July 2009


1.    0032/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Finance and Planning, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the loans given by the Treasury to the Hotel Developers (Lanka) Limited (HDL) from 3rd August 2007 to 31st August 2008?



(b)    Will he submit to this House the letters issued by the Treasury giving terms and conditions of each loan from 3rd August 2007?



(c)    Will he state –

(i)    the capital and interest outstanding of each loan from 1997 to 31st August 2008;

(ii)    the loans of HDL guaranteed by the Government, which are payable to Japan as at 31st August 2008 an the payable date; and

(iii)    the annual net profits of HDL after interest on loans for the last 10 years to 31st March 2008 separately?



(d)    Will he further state whether -

(i)    the loans given to HDL by the Treasury from 1997 have been fully defaulted; and

(ii)    the land of the Hilton Hotels belongs to the Government as per Surrender of Special Grant Instruments Nos. 673 and 674 of July 1999?



(e)    Will he state, the reason for not making payments for the use of this Government Land by HDL or Hilton?



(f)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.




2.    0059’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the names of the Government Departments that have donated more than Rs. 100,000/- for the "Api Wenuwen Api" Fund?

Answer:

  • Department of Emigration and Immigration
  • Department of Motor Traffic




(b)    Will he state, –

(i)    the cost per house built for the Forces Personnel;

Answer:

Rupees Fourteen Hundred Thousand (Rs. 1.4 Million)



(ii)    how it has been financed, and name them; and

Answer:

A loan obtained from the Bank of Ceylon



(iii)    the cost that has to be borne in full for the Soldiers or Armed Forces personnel who received the houses?

Answer:

Rupees Eight Hundred Thousand (Rs. 800,000/-)



(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not relevant




3.    0067/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Mass Media and Information and Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, –

(a)    Will he admit that the licences for Television Broadcasting are issued at present to Government Broadcasting Agencies and private companies under the current Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) Act?


(b)    Will he state, whether the Hon. Minister knows that the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), too is a regulated operator under the current Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act and issuing of Television Broadcasting licences under the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act places the other licenses and applicants at a disadvantage and contravenes the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international agreements signed where fair trading and equal opportunity are concerned?


(c)    Will he state, whether he will take steps to repeal the provisions in the current Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act under which the Television Broadcasting licences are issued and re-introduce these provisions in the current Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act or similar?


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Chief Government Whip requested for a period of one month to submit answers to the above questions.

Oral Questions - Friday 26th June 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Friday 26th June 2009


1.    0063/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation, –

(a)    Is he aware that benefits had been given to aircrafts and ships for registering in Sri Lanka on budget, which came into operation on 01.01.2008?


(b)    Will he inform this House, –

(i)    separately, the ships and aircrafts that were registered up to 31.12.2007;

(ii)    separately, the ships and aircrafts that were registered after the benefits given;

(iii)    the loss of revenue in doing so; and

(iv)    the benefits we have accrued owing to the benefits of registering for ‘Flag or Convenience’?


(c)    Will he state –

(i)    the name of the owners and their shareholders of the ships and aircrafts that were registered after the benefits been given; and

(ii)    the reason for not been able to attract more than this level of progress


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.



2.    0064’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Industrial Development –

(a)    Will he inform this House, –

(i)    the number of salt producing companies in Sri Lanka;

(ii)    their locations and production capacity; and

(iii)    the names of the owners of these companies?



(b)    Will he state, –

(i)    the demand of salt in Sri Lanka for the last 20 years per year basis;

(ii)    the total import of salt to Sri Lanka for the last 10 years per year basis; and

(iii)    the rupee value of above imports for the last 5 years?



(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip requested for a period of two weeks to submit answers to the above questions.

Oral Questions - Thursday 25th June 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 25th June 2009



1.    0058/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Land and Land Development, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the total extent of land available in the Northern Province and the Eastern Province under the control of Central Government or Provincial Councils?


(b)    Will he state for the Northern Province and Eastern Province separately –

(i)    the lands given to foreigners (Name the Country of his domicile), Company’s and individual; and

(ii)    the terms and conditions, value and the period it is been given out


(c)    Will he state –

(i)    the name of the entities owned by the Government which are now being handed over, transferred or leased out to the private sector along with the conditions that have been stipulated;

(ii)    the period that are being given out; and

(iii)    the value of the contract?


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.



2.    0060/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the number of electorates in Kurunegala District?

(i)    the number of people died, officially, owing to the aftermath of Tsunami;

(ii)    the number of people displaced and the number of houses destroyed through the Tsunami on per district basis;

(iii)    the number of houses been rebuilt and given by the Government to the people;

(iv)    the number of houses been built by non-governmental institutions that are local and foreign on per district basis; and

(v)    the total grant and aid we received as a country for the specific reason of Tsunami from 1st January 2005 to date on per year basis?



(b)    If not, why?

Answer:

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.




3.    0061/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, –

(i)    the date that the State Trading Co-operative Wholesale Company Limited thought of being brought into existence;

Answer:

State Trading (Co-operative) Wholesale Company, was incorporated as a Government owned Company on 16th March 2007.


(ii)    the date that it was really existed;

Answer:

The Company was financially facilitated by proposing to avail a Bank Guarantee to the value of US Dollars 10.0 Million under the Budget 2008 presented to the Parliament on 7th November 2007.


(iii)    the capital of the Company along with the names of the Directors and Shareholders;

Answer:

The Authorised Capital of the Company is Rupees Five Billion (Rs. 5,000,000,000/-) The Issued Capital is Rs. 100/-.

Names of Directors –

Mr. Susil Kumar Moonesinghe – Chairman – State Trading (Co-operative) Wholesale Company
Dr. Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Karunasinghe Ratnayake (up to 16.12.2008) – Former Secretary of the Ministry
Mr. Lalith Rukman De Silva (from 16.01.2009) – Ministry Secretary
Mr. N.G. Dayaratne – Director General – Department of Treasury Operations
Mr. Kachchakaduge Nalin Ruwangeewa Fernando – Chairman – Lanka Sathosa
Mr. Arukatti Patabendige Gamini Kithsiri – Commissioner – Co-operative Development
Dr. Ravindranath Liyanage – Chairman – The Kingdom of Raigam
Mr. Wegapitiya Kattadiyalage Hemachandra Wegapitiya – Chairman – Laugfs Holdings Limited

Name of Shareholders –

Dr. Amarapathy Mudalige Amarathna Amarapathy – 1 Share
Ms. Kapugama Geeganage Thaniya Priyanganie Dissanayake – 1 Share
Mr. Kachchakaduge Nalin Ruwangeewa Fernando – 1 Share
Mr. Arukatti Patabendige Gamini Kithsiri – 1 Share
Dr. Ravindranath Liyanage – 1 Share
Mr. Susil Kumar Moonesinghe – 1 Share
Dr. Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Karunasinghe Ratnayake – 1 Share
Dr. Ranepura Hewage Samantha Samaratunge – 1 Share
Mr. Warawattage Sarath Chandra Silva – 1 Share
Mr. Wegapitiya Kattadiyalage Hemachandra Wegapitiya – 1 Share


(iv)    all the imports to date from the date it was incorporated;

Answer:

It had imported a total quantity of 16,988 metric tonnes of Cement


(v)    whether tenders were called; and

Answer:

Yes.


(vi)    if so, the names and prices of the tenders along with the final recommendations of the Cabinet Approval Tender Board (CATB)?

Answer:

Company: Lucky Cement Ltd.
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 74.50 C & F

Company: Oasis Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Country: Indonesia
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 76.35 C & F

Company: Star Trading Company Pvt. Ltd.
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 80.00 C & F

Company: Patra Imexpo Trading Company
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 80.50 C & F

Company: Minco International Pvt. Ltd.
Country: India
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 81.00 C & F

Company: D.G. Khan Cement Company Ltd.
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 75,000 metric tonnes
Price: 82.00 C & F

Company: Patra Imexpo Trading Company 
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 82.00 C & F

Company: Transcontinental Impex Company
Country: China
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 99.00 C & F

Company: British Lanka Trading Pvt. Ltd.
Country: China
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 127.00 CIFFO

Company: Stellar Global Pte. Ltd.
Country: Singapore
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 138.00 (in bulk)

The present procurement procedure is that all tenders to be awarded should be approved by the Board of Directors.


(vii)    the total turnover and profits of the Company to date on monthly basis;

Answer:

Turnover for the period from 01.01.2008 to 31.03.2009 – Rs. 205,624,730.00 (Un-audited)
Net Profit for the period from 01.01.2008 to 31.03.2009 – Rs. 643,374.00 (Un-audited)

(Although the Company commenced its business operations in January 2008, the financial transactions have taken place from 19th March 2008)


(viii)    the profit and turnover ratio; and

Answer:

Gross Profit Ratio – 7.5% (as at 31.03.2009)
Net Profit Ratio – 0.3% (as at 31.03.2009)


(ix)    the market share held by the State Trading Co-operative Wholesale Company Limited?

Answer:

This Government Company has been set up as an arm to intervene the market, to streamline supplies in order to stabilize prices, to import essential commodities when required and to maintain buffer stocks. It is not the intention to hold a market share by this Company.


(b)    Will he state the number of shops registered on district basis as consumer Trading outlets in the country?

Answer:

No shops registered on District basis.


(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not Applicable

Oral Questions - Wednesday 24th June 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Wednesday 24th June 2009



1.    0030/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Finance and Planning –

(a)    Will he admit that the National Savings Bank (NSB) has borrowed US Dollars 50 Million from the ICICI Bank India and lent this money to the Government?

Answer:

National Savings Bank borrowed US Dollars 50.0 Million from ICICI Bank India through its Colombo Branch for the purpose of lending back the total loan amount to the Government of Sri Lanka.


(b)    Will he state, –

(i)    the full details of the terms agreed on borrowing and in return on lending;

Answer:

Terms agreed with ICICI Colombo Branch

Tenure: One year
Interest Rate: LIBOR + 1.42% per annum
Interest Payable: Quarterly
Security: Unsecured
Date of Borrowing: 22nd October 2007
Capital Repayment: On maturity (after 12 months)

Terms agreed with the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL)

Amount: US Dollars 50.0 Million
Tenure: One year
Interest Rate: LIBOR + 1.75% per annum
Interest Payable: Quarterly
Security: Unsecured
Date of Lending: 22nd October 2007
Capital Repayment: On maturity (after 12 months)


(ii)    whether the Board of Directors of the National Savings Bank had previously engaged in similar transactions; and

Answer:

No, the Board of Directors have not previously engaged in similar transactions.


(iii)    if so, names of them?

Answer:

Does not arise.


(c)    Will he also state whether the Board of Directors of the National Savings Bank –

(i)    is empowered by it’s governing statute to engage in such transactions;

Answer:

Yes.


(ii)    is considered the prudence of strategy and the potential risks in engaging in such foreign currency transactions;

Answer:

Yes, considered the prudence of strategy and the potential risk. As borrowing was made in foreign currency and lending too was made in foreign currency, there was no currency exposure/risk to the National Savings Bank.


(iii)    was directed by the Government or the Ministry of Finance and Planning or Secretary to the Treasury to follow the above course of action and the rationale for such directions.

Answer:

No, there were no such direction from the Government or the Ministry of Finance and Planning or Secretary to the Treasury to arrange this facility. The only rationale to engage in this transaction was to widen the business horizons of the Bank and to get exposed to new business oppotunities.


(iv)    has obtained clearance from the Central Bank;

Answer:

Yes, the approval of the Monetary Board was obtained.


(v)    and the above authorities have engaged in an act of abuse of power punishable in terms of the Penal Code; and

Answer:

No, the authorities have not engaged in an act of abuse of power punishable in terms of the Penal Code.


(vi)    had carried out a comprehensive risk review taking cognizance of its responsibilities and accountability?

Answer:

Yes, carried out a comprehensive risk review on the Bank's responsibilities and accountability before engaging in this transaction.



(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise




2.    0031/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the number of electorates in Kurunegala District?

Answer:

Fourteen (14)



(b)    Will he state –

(i)    the number of new wine stores, foreign liquor stores, restaurants and hotel licences issued and opened in the Kurunegala District from 1st April 2004, to date;

Answer:

Number of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops - 03
Number of Restaurants - 05
Nomber of Hotels - 06



(ii)    names of them on electoral basis along with revenue earned from these new outlets as at the end of each year from 2004 to 2007 and to date; and

Answer:

Electorate: Kurunegala
Address of the Licenced Premises: CWE, No. 74, Hettipola Road, Kurunegala
Type of Licence: FL 04
Date of Issue: 30.07.2004
Remarks: Supermarket Licence

Electorate: Dambadeniya
Address of the Licenced Premises: Hotel Dambadeniya, Athuruwala, Dambadeniya
Type of Licence: FL 07
Date of Issue: 18.10.2004
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Electorate: Dambadeniya
Address of the Licenced Premises: Giriulla Restaurant, Alawwa
Type of Licence: FL 11
Date of Issue: 01.12.2004
Remarks: Issued under Political Victimisation

Electorate: Kurunegala
Address of the Licenced Premises: Green View Hotel and Reception Hall, Dambulla Road, Malsiripura
Type of Licence: FL 11
Date of Issue: 01.01.2005
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Electorate: Nikaveratiya
Address of the Licenced Premises: New Meewellawa Rest, No. 577/1, 1st Avenue, Nikaveratiya
Type of Licence: FL 07
Date of Issue: 01.01.2005
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved License

Electorate: Hiriyala
Address of the Licenced Premises: R.T. Distributors Pvt. Ltd., No. 255/1, Polgolla, Gokarella.
Type of Licence: FL 04
Date of Issue: 13.01.2005
Remarks: Issued Under Political Victimisation

Electorate: Kuliyapitiya
Address of the Licenced Premises: Paramount Restaurant, Labuyaya, Kuliyapitiya
Type of Licence: FL 11
Date of Issue: 25.01.2005
Remarks: Issued Under Political Victimisation

Electorate: Hiriyala
Address of the Licenced Premises: Super Market Restaurant, Station Road, Ganewatta, Nikadalupotha
Type of Licence: FL 11
Date of Issue: 27.01.2005
Remarks: Issued Under Political Victimisation

Electorate: Kuliyapitiya
Address of the Licenced Premises: Meegahakotuwa Wine Stores, No 347B, Pannala Road, Dandagamuwa, Kuliyapitiya
Type of Licence: FL 04
Date of Issue: 01.02.2005
Remarks: Issued Under Political Victimisation

Electorate: Kuliyapitiya
Address of the Licenced Premises: Sri Jayadasa Resort, Meegahapelessa, Welipannagahamulla
Type of Licence: FL 22 B
Date of Issue: 13.06.2005
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Electorate: Hiriyala
Address of the Licenced Premises: Sirimedura Restaurant, 2nd Mile Post, Haritha Uyana, Meddegama, Wellawa
Type of Licence: FL 07
Date of Issue: 03.11.2005
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Electorate: Kurunegala
Address of the Licenced Premises: Bright Bravo Hotel, 3rd Floor, Town Hall Trade Complex, Kurunegala.
Type of Licence: FL 07
Date of Issue: 03.11.2005
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Electorate: Dambulla
Address of the Licenced Premises: Kassapa Lion Royal Resort, Dagampathana, Kimbissa
Type of Licence: FL 07
Date of Issue: 07.11.2007
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Electorate: Yapahuwa
Address of the Licenced Premises: Hotel Yapahuwa Paradise, Yapahuwa, Maho
Type of Licence: FL 07
Date of Issue: 04.01.2008
Remarks: Tourist Board Approved Licence

Revenue earned from these outlets as at the end of each year from 2004 to 2008 -

2004 - Rs.     81,250.00
2005 - Rs.    853,333.00
2006 - Rs. 1,550,000.00
2007 - Rs. 1,556,666.00
2008 - Rs. 1,650,000.00


(iii)    The information in (i) above as at 31st December of each year from 1998 to 2003 and the total revenue for the Kurunegala District?

Answer:

Year: 1998
No. of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops: 01
No. of Restaurants with Foreign Liquor:
04
Number of Hotels with Foreign Liquor: 07

Year: 1999
No. of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops: 01
No. of Restaurants with Foreign Liquor:
01
Number of Hotels with Foreign Liquor: 02

Year: 2000
No. of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops: -
No. of Restaurants with Foreign Liquor:
04
Number of Hotels with Foreign Liquor: 03

Year: 2001
No. of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops: -
No. of Restaurants with Foreign Liquor:
-
Number of Hotels with Foreign Liquor: 01

Year: 2002
No. of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops: -
No. of Restaurants with Foreign Liquor:
02
Number of Hotels with Foreign Liquor: 01

Year:
2003
No. of Wine Stores / Foreign Liquor Shops: 03
No. of Restaurants with Foreign Liquor:
01
Number of Hotels with Foreign Liquor: 01

Total Revenue for Kurunegala District from 1998 to 2003 - Rs. 7,167,036.00


(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise.

N.B.
Hotel Licence (FL 7) issues with/without the approval of Toursit Board, and Rest House Licences (FL 12) are categorised as Holiday Resorts (Hotels)

Restaurant Licences (FL 11), issues with / without approval of Tourist Board, and Restaurant Licences issues only for Beer and Wine (FL 22 B) with / without the approval of Tourist Board, are categorised as Tourists Resorts. (Restaurants).




3.    0033/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, –

(i)    the requirement to receive Samurdhi benefits;

Answer:

Varies from village to villae. The Village has to discuss among themselves and decide on the selection criteria pertaining to the particular poverty of their village, according to which the families have to be put into five groups as follows (Samurdhi Relief Circular No. 78)

  • To be continuously looked after by Society
  • Poorest
  • Poor
  • Middle Class
  • Rich

Accordingly, poverty criteria of each village will vary.

In the case of families only within the above first three groups, a Samurdhi Card has been issued having decided on the value of the card on the basis of the number of family members as hitherto done.


(ii)    the number of families that have been receiving Samurdhi benefits in the country from 1995 to date on yearly basis;

Answer:

Year: 1995
Term: Augsut
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,440,198

Year: 1996
Term: February 1996
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,469,124

Year: 1996
Term: Augsut 1996
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,482,271

Year: 1997
Term: February 1997
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,890,384

Year: 1997
Term: Augsut 1997
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,057,629

Year: 1998
Term: February 1998
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,988,979

Year: 1998
Term: Augsut 1998
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,973,183

Year: 1999
Term: February 1999
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,968,744

Year: 1999
Term: Augsut 1999
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,987,653

Year: 2000
Term: February 2000
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,981,928

Year: 2000
Term: Augsut 2000
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,013,685

Year: 2001
Term: February 2001
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,970,559

Year: 2001
Term: Augsut 2001
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,968,858

Year: 2002
Term: January 2002
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,951,256

Year: 2002
Term: May 2002
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,629,834

Year: 2002
Term: November 2002
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,887,237

Year: 2003
Term: May 2003
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,8892,842

Year: 2004
Term: January 2004
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,864,387

Year: 2004
Term: July 2004
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,864,058

Year: 2005
Term: January 2005
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,857,500

Year: 2005
Term: July 2005
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,960,664

Year: 2006
Term: January 2006
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,925,327

Year: 2006
Term: July 2006
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,916,594

Year: 2007
Term: January 2007
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,897,494

Year: 2007
Term: July 2007
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,844,660

Year: 2008
Term: January 2008
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,668,457

Year: 2008
Term: July 2008
Total No. of Beneficiary Families: 1,633,309


(iii)    the financial hand out and percentage given to the Samurdhi recipients during that period;

Answer:

Document was tabled.


(iv)    whether the Samurdhi beneficiaries have got the increase given to them after 2005; and

Answer:

Yes


(v)    if so, the date and the amount?

Answer:

Value of the Samurdhi Card has been increased by 50% as follows with effect from Term July 2006.

Value of Previous Card: Rs. 1,000.00
Before 50% Increase: 1,015.00
After 50% Increase: 1,500.00

Value of Previous Card: Rs. 600.00
Before 50% Increase: 615.00
After 50% Increase: 900.00

Value of Previous Card: Rs. 350.00
Before 50% Increase: 350.00
After 50% Increase: 525.00

Value of Previous Card: Rs. 250.00
Before 50% Increase: 250.00
After 50% Increase: 375.00

Value of Previous Card: Rs. 140.00
Before 50% Increase: 155.00
After 50% Increase: 210.00

Value of Previous Card: Rs. 400.00 for previous Janasavi beneficiaries
Before 50% Increase: 415.00
After 50% Increase: 415.00



(b)    Will he state from the year 2004 to 2008 separately for Colombo District taking 2004 as a base year –

(i)    the amount that the Samurdhi recipients received in rupee value;

Answer:

Colombo District - Annual Expenditure (Rs)

2004 - 366,233,880.00
2005 - 378,471,480.00
2006 - 379,786,710.00
2007 - 364,806,570.00
2008 - 305,333,520.00*

*35,148 families have been empowered. Hence the reduction in the Expenditure in 2008.


(ii)    the inflation for each year, and

Answer:

Not relevant to the scope of this Ministry.


(iii)    the real purchasing power after deflating the inflation for each year?

Answer:

Not relevant to the scope of this Ministry.



(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise

Oral Questions - Tuesday 23rd June 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Tuesday 23rd June 2009



1.    0011/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Finance and Planning –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    all the direct and indirect taxes in operation as of today;

(ii)    the rupee value of the impact of the tax using rates as of today;


(b)    Will he state separately, –

(i)    all the taxes imposed on rice, sugar, dhal, milk powder, wheat flour, petrol, diesel and kerosene oil, canned fish, onions, electricity and bank loan as of today;

(ii)    a comparison of those figures as at, –

(1)    15th August 1994
(2)    15th December 2001
(3)    2nd April 2004
(4)    1st December 2005
(5)    to date


(c)    Will he also state the resource value of the impact of the tax using rates as at today?


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Minister of Finance and Planning requested for two weeks to submit answers to the above questions.



2.    0012/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the date that the Mihin Air was incorporated;

(ii)    the date it had the first commercial flight; and

(iii)    names of the Directors of Mihin Air from the inception to date?


(b)    Will he state per person and per year basis the emoluments, tickets used on Mihin Airline, tickets paid for on the other airlines and any other perks given to each person?


(c)    Will he also state –

(i)    any other benefits given and has to be given; and

(ii)    the total Net Profit and Gross Profit per month from the date it was operated/


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

The Chief Government Whip requested for two weeks to submit answers to the above questions.

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