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2012 COPE report in Parliament on 23 July

2013 Jul 12

By Gagani Weerakoon


The final report of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) for 2012, will be presented in Parliament on 23 July 2013, by its Chairman, Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara.



The report, which contains details of 247 public institutions investigated by the Committee, is said to be the most comprehensive report to be submitted in Parliament thus far. Senior Minister Gunasekara said the report is expected to be taken for debate within a month.



He said this while participating in the debate on determining the salary of H.A.S. Samaraweera, the incumbent Auditor General appointed with effect from 15 August 2011.



According to him, COPE plans to propose to amend the Standing Orders of Parliament, enabling it to scrutinize the accounts of public sector corporations.



The committee was of the view that a report of its investigations should be presented to Parliament once in every three months, so that each minister can have an understanding of how well the statutory bodies and departments under his or her purview fare.

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