ATC140918: Report of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on the Defence Amendment Bill [PMB 8 – 2013], dated 17 September 2014
REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO
COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS ON THE DEFENCE AMENDMENT BILL [PMB 8
2013], dated 17 September 2014
The Defence Amendment Bill (the Bill), tabled in Parliament
and referred to the previous portfolio committee on 2 October 2013, was revived
for consideration by the Committee on 21 July 2014.
The legislative proposal seeks to amend the Defence Act (No
42-2002) in order for Parliament to receive defence procurement quarterly
reports and for it to be notified of delays and any escalation of costs
associated with a procurement project.
Guided by the National Assembly rules governing the
parliamentary committees consideration of private members legislative
proposals, the Committee was briefed by the Bills initiator, considered legal
advice from Parliamentary Legal Services and considered the Department of
comment on the legislative proposal.
3 September 2014, the Committee thoroughly debated the merits and demerits of
the Bill and formally considered its desirability: the majority of members
present were not in favour of the Bill.
Having concluded its deliberations, the Committee is
satisfied that the current legislative framework (that includes the Defence Act
and Public Finance
Management Act No
1 of 1999) together with the relevant Parliamentary rules and procedures,
provides sufficient mechanisms for parliamentary defence committees to maintain
strict oversight of the Department of Defence and the South African National
Defence Force (SANDF).
Report to be considered.
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