Parliament last week broke off for a three weeks suspension to give ample time to its sectoral committees to meet and consider Ministerial Policy Statements as required by the Public Finance Management Act.
While adjourning the House plenary on Tuesday March 29, 2016, Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, read out the schedule to be followed by Parliament during the consideration and approval of the national budget for the 2016/2017 financial year.
“We are supposed to pass the budget by May 30, but we do not have that time. I am sending the House for a break to allow committees handle ministerial policy statements,” he said.
According to the Public Finance Management Act, 2015, the Minister of Finance, on behalf of the President, presents to Parliament the proposed annual budget of the proceeding financial year by April 1st.
The Act also provides that the Speaker shall commit the proposed annual budget to the Budget Committee of Parliament; and to each sectoral committee of Parliament the part of the annual budget that falls within the jurisdiction of that sectoral committee for consideration.
Hon. Oulanyah said that sectoral committees would meet to consider ministerial policy statements between March 30th to April 15, 2016 before reporting to the Budget Committee between April 18 to 22, 2016.
Various sectoral committees met today to commence consideration of ministerial policy statements under their jurisdiction.
The Budget Committee will in turn report to the House plenary from April 25 – 26, 2016.
Oulanyah said that the national budget approval and passing of the Appropriation Bill, 2016 is scheduled for April 28, 2016.
The Deputy Speaker adjourned the House plenary to April 25, 2015, when the Budget Committee is expected to present its report.