Parliament resumes today

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‘House will adjourn to October 23, 2017’

 

BY CAROL-ANNE SULEGA

THE current 6th meeting of this 10th Parliament resumes today and the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare is expected to move a motion on special adjournment to have the House adjourn to Monday 23rd October 2017.

This is according to the provisional order paper provided by the National Parliament of Solomon Islands’ media unit.

Today, the Member of Parliament (MP) for North-West Choiseul is expected to query the Minister of Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening on the progress to shift the Choiseul Bay Township from Taro Island to mainland Choiseul Bay.

He is also expected to query the ministry’s annual budget earmarked specifically for the relocation of the Choiseul provincial township.

Bills that are expected to go through first reading are The Legal Profession Bill 2017, The Prescription of Ministers (Amendment) Bill 2017 and The Strata Titles Bill 2017.

It is understood that the reason behind the motion on special adjournment that the Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare is expected to move today to the 23rd of October 2017, is to give the Bills and Legislation Committee (BLC) ample time to hear The Strata Titles Bill 2017.

The Strata Titles Bill seeks to provide for the division of land into strata titles; to amend The Land and Titles Act (CAP. 133), The Land and Titles (General) Regulations, The Local Government (Exemption from basic rate) (Honiara) Regulations, The Local Government (Rating of Land) Regulations and the Planning and Development Act (CAP. 154), and for related purposes.

Meanwhile, the Environment and Climate Change Committee just returned from an inquiry into the ‘Impacts of sea level rise due to climate change on low lying coastal and atoll communities in the country’ in Temotu province.

A report on the inquiry is expected to be presented to Parliament during this meeting.

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