Parliament debate on Port City Bill postponed

2021-05-04 at 13:45

The Parliamentary debate on the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.

The debate was scheduled to be held between 10am and 8pm tomorrow.

Speaking to NewsRadio, Serjeant-at-Arms Narendra Fernando said the decision was taken since the Speaker of House is yet to receive the determination of the Supreme Court pertaining to the Bill.

He said they hope to hold the debate on the Bill during the third Parliamentary week of the month. Several petitions were filed against the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill at the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of certain clauses.

A Supreme Court bench then heard submissions pertaining to the bill and is now due to direct its determination to the Speaker.

Parliament is due to debate and pass the Bill based on the Supreme Court determination.