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Oral Questions - Thursday 11th June 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when

Parliament meets on Thursday 11th June 2009

1. 0007/’09

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Export Development and International Trade

(a) Will he inform this House –

(i) the number of overseas trips that the Minister of Export Development and International Trade had undertaken for the last three years;

(ii) the countries visited; and

(iii) the total cost of each trip along with the tickets and hotel charges separately;

(b) Will he state –

(i) the number of persons accompanied;

(ii) their names and the cost incurred on them separately; and

(iii) the main reason for each overseas trip?

(c) Will he also state –

(i) the budgeted allowance; and

(ii) the supplementary expenditure provided for such trips?

(d) If not, why?

The Chief Government Whip requested for 03 months to table answers to the above questions.

2. 0008/’09

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Tourism –

(a) Will he inform this House –

(i) the number of overseas trips that the Minister of Tourism had undertaken for the last three years;

(ii) the countries visited; and

(iii) the total cost of each trip along with the tickets and hotel charges separately;

(b) Will he state –

(i) the number of persons accompanied;

(ii) their names and the cost incurred on them separately; and

(iii) the main reason for each overseas trip?

(c) Will he also state –

(i) the budgeted allowance; and

(ii) the supplementary expenditure provided for such trips?

(d) If not, why?

The Chief Government Whip requested for 01 month to table answers to the above questions.

3. 0009/’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 dry lease and wet lease aircrafts being used by Mihin Air;

(ii) whether they were selected through a tender process;

(iii) if so, names of the companies quoted and the selection process; and

(iv) the person who decided that?

(b) Will he state –

(i) the cost being charged per month from dry or wet lease basis;

(ii) whether the interviews were held;

(iii) the Panel and their recommendation for the final selection approved by the auditors;

(iv) the number of staff members, working;

(v) their salary scales and the impact to the company, per month basis;

(vi) the accounts of the Mihin Air to-date;

(vii) the date and the amount transferred to Mihin Air from the Government;

(viii) the Head that the money transferred from and the date that the Parliament approved the payment; and

(ix) the Head under which, the Mihin Air got the allocation of funds in the years 2006 and 2007 through the Appropriation Acts?

(c) Will he submit to this House the names of the key officers of the Treasury and Mihin Air, who were involved in Mihin Air Limited financial transactions?

(d) Will he admit that the money has not been legally allocated and therefore all the officers are subjected to misuse of public funds?

(e) If not, why?

The Chief Government Whip requested for 01 month to table answers to the above question