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Oral Questions - 09th October 2009

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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);


On 25th February 1972

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


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

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


Rs. 247.205 Million

(iv)    the number of staff members by then?


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


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?


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

c)    If not, why?


Not relevant.