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Oral Questions - 09th October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

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



1.    0536/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Industrial Development, –

a)    Will he inform this House—

(i)    the date on which Steel Corporation was privatized;

(ii)    the number of employees at the time of privatization;

(iii)    the person who bought the Government Institution then;

(iv)    the amount paid to the Government;

(v)    the amount of taxes paid to the Government of Sri Lanka;

(vi)    the owner of it now; and

(vii)    the number of employees there now?


b)    Will he state for over the last 10 years—

(i)    the total requirement of steel in the country; and

(ii)    the local production compared to the market share of the country?


c)    If not, why?




2.    0537/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Plantation Industries, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the date that British Ceylon Corporation (BCC) was taken over as a Government Owned Business Undertaking (GOBU);

Answer:

On 25th February 1972

(ii)    whether the BCC paid Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in 2005 or 2006 and got rid of the staff;

Answer:

The Staff was got rid in 2006 under a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

(iii)    if so, the amount been paid; and

Answer:

Rs. 247.205 Million

(iv)    the number of staff members by then?

Answer:

A number of 481 employees.


b)    Will he state –

(i)    the reason for which some people have been taken back as workers of BCC, after paying VRS; and

Answer:

As a limited number of production activities which could be carried out at a profit, have been started, on a policy decision made after re-investigation.


(ii)    the profit as of 01st August, 2009 on per month basis from 2006?

Answer:

The profit as of 1st August 2009 from 2006 is Rs. 34,425,000.00


c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not relevant.