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PRIVATE MEMBERS’ LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS & PETITIONS PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
6 May 1998
CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA THIRD AMENDMENT BILL, CONSTIUTTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA FOURTH AMENDMENT BILL, COMPLIANCE COSTS BILL AND HUMAN CLONING PROHIBITION BILL
The agenda shifted to a discussion on the problem this Committee faced having to consider bill proposals without the revised parliamentary rules being in place. Ms de Lille proposed suspending this committee's work until the rules were in place. A motion to continue considering bill proposals using the old rules was adopted.
Mr Green (ACDP) who had been tasked at the previous meeting to provide further research on the Human Cloning Prohibition Bill excused himself from the meeting via letter. Mr Andrew (DP) who was to present the Compliance Costs Bill excused himself due to a clash of commitments.
The meeting opened with a discussion of the mandate and the capacity of the committee to deal with bill proposals. Some committee members questioned the decision made on Mr Nkosi Hlengwa’s proposal which had been passed by the committee and which was now placed with the relevant portfolio committee. The reason being that the committee should repudiate any decision made whilst the revised Parliamentary rules required to guide the committee do not exist.
Ms P de Lille (PAC) proposed that the committee should come to a standstill until the new rules are in place. The deadline she suggested for the finalisation of the new rules was two weeks. She went on to say that the old rules are in conflict with the new constitution, hence she feels there is an urgent need for the new rules.
Mr. C.W. Eglin (DP) insisted that the majority party was embarking on delaying tactics in this regard because there had been no progress on the new rules which were supposed to have been adopted on 17 October 1997. Mr. Peter Hendrickse (ANC) dismissed this comment as politicking because the ANC was doing something on about it and they must be referred to the Rules Committee.
Mr. Meyer proposed that the committee should carry on with the old rules so that the bills could be proceeded with. Ms. de Lille insisted that the new rules should be forthcoming first. A vote was taken. The motion, proposed by Mr. Hendrickse, that the committee should continue with its activities until the new rules are finalised was adopted
The chairperson declared the meeting adjourned for two weeks when they would proceed with bill proposals.
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