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FINANCE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE
2 August 2006
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF PARLIAMENT BILL: DELIBERATIONS
Chairperson: Mr N Nene (ANC)
Documents handed out:
Draft Financial Management of Parliament Bill as of 2nd August 2006
The Committee went through the Bill clause by clause and agreed to each provision after making some minor changes. However, they deferred the adoption of the final Bill until they had met with the National Council of Provinces to discuss Clause 3 and Schedule 1 that provided for norms and standards for provincial legislatures.
Financial Management of Parliament Bill
Prof Christina Murray, Legal Drafter of the Bill; Head of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, took the Committee through the Bill clause by clause so that it could approve the changes made to it.
Mr I Davidson (DA) proposed making an amendment to Clause 4(1)(f) for it to read: “performing any other functions specified by this Act, by the Rules of Parliament, or consistent with the objectives of this Act.” This would broaden the scope of the provision, making it a ‘catch-all’ provision, enabling the Committee to perform any act in line with the objects of the Act. Other Members of the Committee agreed to the amendment and Prof Murray agreed that it was a good idea. The provision would be changed accordingly.
Mr Davidson also raised questions about Clause 8(2)(a). Why did the performance agreement have to be concluded within “one week” after the start of each financial year?
Prof Murray replied that this seemed to be a reasonable proposition because the “one week” requirement only applied after the accounting officer had been employed, and this was not an onerous requirement. To make the provision clearer however, the definition of “one week” would be clarified as meaning five working days.
Apart from these, the Committee did not propose any more changes and agreed to all the provisions in the Bill. However, they deferred the adoption of the final Bill until they had met with the Finance Select Committee of the National Council of to discuss Clause 3 and Schedule 1 that provided for norms and standards for provincial legislatures.
The meeting was adjourned.
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