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 IN THE SECOND SESSION OF THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT

OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC OF GHANA

  ORDER PAPER

FOR THE SIXTEENTH SITTING OF THE THIRD

MEETING OF PARLIAMENT

Monday 10th December, 2018


 

 

BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

1.         PRAYERS

 

2.         CORRECTION OF VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND OFFICIAL REPORT

 

3.         URGENT QUESTION

 

Mr. Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwame Dafeamekpor (South Dayi): To ask the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice why the General Legal Council has not issued and/or renewed licenses of lawyers who were formerly Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates.

 

4.         QUESTIONS

 

*487.   Dr. (Mrs) Bernice Adiku Heloo (Hohoe): To ask the Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation the status of implementation of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme (MASTESS).

 

5.         STATEMENTS

 

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

6.         PRESENTATION OF PAPERS

 

            The following Papers to be presented:

 

(a)        By the Minister for Finance

(i)         Suppliers Credit Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana (represented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and Knights A.S. of the Czech Republic for an amount of Ten Million Euros (€10,000,000.00) for the Supply of Three Hundred (300) sets of GLOBAL Multipurpose Mini Tractors and Two Hundred and Twenty (220) Compact Tractors, including active and passive accessories and spare parts for distribution to Small and Medium Scale Farmers in Ghana.

(ii)        Request for waiver of Import Duties, Import VAT/GETFund Levy, Import NHIL, ECOWAS/AU Levy, EXIM Levy, Special Import Levy amounting to the Ghana Cedi equivalent of One Million, Three Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty-Two Euros (€1,318,152.00) on materials and equipment to be imported for the Up-Grading and Enhancement of Technical and Vocational Training Centres.

 

(b)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Works and Housing on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(c)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ghana Revenue Authority for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Government Machinery for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(iii)       Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Business Development for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(iv)       Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Special Development Initiatives for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(v)        Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Planning for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(vi)       Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Monitoring and Evaluation for the year ending 31st December 2019.

(vii)      Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of Other Government Obligations for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(viii)     Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Inner City and Zongo Development for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ix)       Report of the Finance Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Regional Reorganisation and Development for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(d)       By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Local Government and Rural Development on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Local Government Services for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(e)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Roads and Transport on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Roads and Highways for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Roads and Transport on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Railways Development for the year ending 31st December 2019.

(iii)       Report of the Committee on Roads and Transport on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Aviation for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(f)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Public Services Commission (PSC) for the year ending 31st December 2019.

(ii)        Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(iii)       Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the District Assemblies’ Common Fund Administrator for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(iv)       Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the National Media Commission (NMC) for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(v)        Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(vi)       Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Electoral Commission (EC) for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(vii)      Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Office of the Special Prosecutor for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(viii)     Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Audit Service for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ix)       Report of the Special Budget Committee on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Parliament and the Parliamentary Service for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(g)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs for the year ending 31st December 2019.

(h)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General’s Department for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(i)         By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Joint Committee on Lands & Forestry and Mines & Energy on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(j)         By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Joint Committee on Gender & Children and Employment, Social Welfare & State Enterprises on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(k)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises on the Annual Budget Estimates of the National Labour Commission for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Employment, Social Welfare and State Enterprises on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(l)         By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Environment, Science and Technology on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation for the year ending 31st December 2019.

(m)       By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Works and Housing on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Works and Housing for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(n)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(o)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Joint Committee on Trade, Industry & Tourism and Youth, Sports & Culture on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(p)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Foreign Affairs on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(q)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Trade and Industry for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(r)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Communications on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Communications for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Communication on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Information for the year ending 31st December 2019.

(s)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Education on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Education for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

 

(t)        By the Chairman of the Committee

(i)         Report of the Committee on Defence and Interior on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Interior for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(ii)        Report of the Committee on Defence and Interior on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Defence for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

(iii)       Report of the Committee on Defence and Interior on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of National Security for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

 

(u)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Health on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Health for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

 

(v)        By the Chairman of the Committee

Report of the Committee on Judiciary on the Annual Budget Estimates of the Judiciary and the Judicial Service for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

 

7.         PRESENTATION AND FIRST READING OF BILLS

 

            University of Technology and Applied Sciences Bill, 2018.

 

                        (Minister for Education)

 

 

8.         MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Health on the Service Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Health and Fly Zipline Ghana Limited for the Delivery of Emergency Health and Blood Products to Public Health Facilities in Ghana.

 

(Moved on Monday, 3rd December 2018 by the Chairman of the Committee on Health, Dr. Kwabena Twum-Nuamah and seconded by the Hon. Member for Atwima Kwanwoma, Dr. Kojo Appiah-Kubi)

                                Question to be put

 

9.         RESOLUTION

               

            WHEREAS

1.         By the provisions of Article 181(5) of the Constitution the terms and conditions of any international business or economic transaction to which the Government of Ghana is a party shall not come into operation unless the said terms and conditions have been laid before Parliament and approved by Parliament by a Resolution supported by the votes of a majority of all Members of Parliament;

 

2.         Pursuant to the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution, and at the request of the Government of Ghana acting through the Minister responsible for Health, there has been laid before Parliament the terms and conditions of a Service Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Health and Fly Zipline Ghana Limited for the Delivery of Emergency Health and Blood Products to Public Health Facilities in Ghana.

 

THIS HONOURABLE HOUSE HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

In accordance with the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution this House approves the Service Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Health and Fly Zipline Ghana Limited for the Delivery of Emergency Health and Blood Products to Public Health Facilities in Ghana.

 

(Minister for Health)

 

10.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢500,964,480 for the services of the Ministry of Energy for the year ending 31st December 2019.

                 

(Minister for Energy)

 

11.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢20,040,832 for the services of the Office of the Head of Civil Service for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

                  (Minister for Finance)

 

12.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢563,808,391 for the services of the Office of the Ministry of Finance for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

                  (Minister for Finance)

 

13.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢7,312,555 for the services of the National Development Planning Commission for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

      (Minister for Finance)

 

14.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢294,468,233 for the services of the Ministry of Transport for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

                  (Minister for Transport)

 

 

15.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House approves the sum of GH¢2,668,000 for the services of the Ministry of Planning for the year ending 31st December 2019.

 

                                    (Minister for Planning)

 

 

16.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Roads and Transport on the Commercial Agreements including Financing Cost in the amount of up to US$646,637,879.74 between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Roads and Highways AND Synohydro Corporation Limited for the following road Projects constituting Phase 1 Projects under the Master Project Support Agreements (MPSA): (i) Accra Inner-City Roads (ii) Kumasi Inner-City Roads (iii) Tamale Interchange Project (iv) PTC Roundabout Interchange Project, Takoradi (v) Adenta-Dodowa Dual Carriageway (vi) Sunyani Inner-City Roads (vii) Western Region and Cape Coast Inner-City Roads (viii) Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions (ix) Rehabilitation of Akim Oda to Ofoase Road (x) Hohoe – Jasikan – Dodi-Pepesu road.

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

17.       RESOLUTION

               

            WHEREAS

 

1.         By the provisions of Article 181(5) of the Constitution the terms and conditions of any international business or economic transaction to which the Government of Ghana is a party shall not come into operation unless the said terms and conditions have been laid before Parliament and approved by Parliament by a Resolution supported by the votes of a majority of all Members of Parliament;

 

2.         Pursuant to the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution, and at the request of the Government of Ghana acting through the Minister responsible for Roads and Highways, there has been laid before Parliament the terms and conditions of a Commercial Agreements including Financing Cost in the amount of up to US$646,637,879.74 between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Roads and Highways AND Synohydro Corporation Limited for the following road Projects constituting Phase 1 Projects under the Master Project Support Agreements (MPSA): (i) Accra Inner-City Roads (ii) Kumasi Inner-City Roads (iii) Tamale Interchange Project (iv) PTC Roundabout Interchange Project, Takoradi (v) Adenta-Dodowa Dual Carriageway (vi) Sunyani Inner-City Roads (vii) Western Region and Cape Coast Inner-City Roads (viii) Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions (ix) Rehabilitation of Akim Oda to Ofoase Road (x) Hohoe – Jasikan – Dodi-Pepesu road.

 

THIS HONOURABLE HOUSE HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

In accordance with the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution this House approves the Commercial Agreements including Financing Cost in the amount of up to US$646,637,879.74 between the Government of the Republic of Ghana, represented by the Ministry of Roads and Highways AND Synohydro Corporation Limited for the following road Projects constituting Phase 1 Projects under the Master Project Support Agreements (MPSA): (i) Accra Inner-City Roads (ii) Kumasi Inner-City Roads (iii) Tamale Interchange Project (iv) PTC Roundabout Interchange Project, Takoradi (v) Adenta-Dodowa Dual Carriageway (vi) Sunyani Inner-City Roads (vii) Western Region and Cape Coast Inner-City Roads (viii) Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions (ix) Rehabilitation of Akim Oda to Ofoase Road (x) Hohoe – Jasikan – Dodi-Pepesu road.

 

(Minister for Roads and Highways)

 

18.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Roads and Transport on the Addenda to the Commercial Agreements.

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

19.       RESOLUTION

           

            WHEREAS

 

1.         By the provisions of Article 181(5) of the Constitution the terms and conditions of any international business or economic transaction to which the Government of Ghana is a party shall not come into operation unless the said terms and conditions have been laid before Parliament and approved by Parliament by a Resolution supported by the votes of a majority of all Members of Parliament;

 

2.         Pursuant to the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution, and at the request of the Government of Ghana acting through the Minister responsible for Roads and Highways, there has been laid before Parliament the terms and conditions of an Addenda to the Commercial Agreements.

THIS HONOURABLE HOUSE HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

In accordance with the provisions of the said Article 181(5) of the Constitution this House approves the Addenda to the Commercial Agreements.

 

(Minister for Roads and Highways)

 

 

20.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism on the Kintampo Waterfall Disaster.

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

21.       MOTION

 

That this Honourable House adopts the Report of the Committee on Lands and Forestry on illegal felling and harvesting of rosewood and its attendant destruction of the environment in the Builsa South District.

 

                        (Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

22.       MOTION

 

That the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Ghana) Bill, 2018 be now read a second time.

 

                                    (Minister for Education)

 

 

 

 

 

23.       RIGHT TO INFORMATION BILL, 2018

            -           At the Consideration Stage

 

i.          Clause 34   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (4), delete

and insert the following:

 

“(4)      Where the head of the public institution decides to release information that contains third party information, the applicant shall not be granted access to that information unless

(a)        the third party has been notified of the request and has consented to the release of the information; or

(b)        any appeal lodged against the release of the information by the applicant been determined.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

ii.         Clause 34   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(5)      Where the head of the public institution decides to release the information despite the disapproval of the third party, the head of the public institution shall inform the third party who may lodge an appeal against the release.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

iii.        Clause 35   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete and insert the

following:

 

35.     Where the head of a public institution receives a notice from the Commission of a hearing or an investigation pending before the Commission, the head of the public institution shall inform the Commission of all third parties to whom the information relates.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

iv.        New Clause   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

clause:

 

Information readily available in official publication

            Where a public institution receives an application for access to information which to the knowledge of the public institution is readily available in an official publication held by another public institution, the public institution shall

(a)        direct the applicant to that public institution having custody of the official publication containing the information sought; and

(b)        notify that public institution of the request by the applicant.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

v.         New clause   –     Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

clause after clause 38:

               

39.     Application to the High Court for judicial review

(1)        Where an applicant is refused access to information by a public institution, the applicant may apply to the High Court for judicial review of the decision.

 

(2)        The application for judicial review shall be lodged within twenty-one days after receipt of the notification of the decision.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

vi.        Clause 39   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

opening phrase, line 1, delete “38” and insert “39”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

vii.       Clause 40   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 1,

delete “access should be given” and insert “the applicant should be given access”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

viii.      Clause 41   –   Amendment proposed   –     Transpose to after

Clause 47,

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

ix.        Clause 41   –   Amendment proposed   –     Opening phrase, line

2, delete “concerned” and insert “to which an application is made” and in line 3, delete “a Minister” and insert “the Commission”

 

(Ms. Nana Dokua Asiamah-Adjei)

 

x.         Clause 41   – Amendment proposed   –       Sub-clause (1),

opening phrase, line 3, delete “whether before a Minister or a Court” and insert “before the Commission”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xi.        Clause 42   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

(Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa)

(Mr. Shaibu Mahama)

 

xii.       Clause 42   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

line 1, after “body” and insert “corporate”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xiii.      Clause 42   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 3,

before “transaction” and insert “related”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xiv.      Clause 42   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 1,

before “property” and insert “immovable”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

xv.       Clause 43   –Amendment proposed   –        Headnote Delete and

insert Responsibility of Data Protection Commission

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xvi.      Clause 43   –   Amendment proposed   –     Head note, delete

Object of the” and insertDuty of the Legal Aid

 

(Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa)

(Mr. Shaibu Mahama)

 

xvii.     Clause 43   –   Amendment proposed   –     line 1, delete and insert

“the Data Protection Commission shall have responsibility to”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xviii.    Clause 43   –   Amendment proposed   –     Opening phrase, delete

and insert the following:

“Pursuant to the object and functions of the Commission provided in sections 2 and 3 of the Legal Aid Commission Act, 2018, the Commission is to”

 

(Mr. Yaw Buaben Asamoa)

(Mr. Shaibu Mahama)

 

xix.      Clause 43   –   Amendment proposed   –     Closing phrase after

paragraph (d), line 2, at end, add “and provisions of this Act”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xx.       Clause 44   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

after “Act” and insert “and any other enactment not inconsistent with the Constitution”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

xxi.      Clause 44 –     Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), after

“functions” and insert “under this Act”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xxii.     Clause 45   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 1, delete “or” and in line 2, after “mediation” insert “or arbitration”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxiii.    Clause 45   – Amendment proposed   –       Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (b), line 2, at end, add “before it”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xxiv.    Clause 45   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (d), line 2, before “vexatious” insert “manifestly frivolous”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxv.     Clause 46 –     Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line1, “                        delete “To achieve its object” and insert “to execute

its responsibilities”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xxvi.    Clause 46   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (g), line 2, before “so” insert “do”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xxvii.   Clause 46   – Amendment proposed   –       Sub-clause (2), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxviii.  Clause 47   – Amendment proposed   –       Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 5, delete “raising and education” and insert “creation and educational”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xxix.    Clause 47   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (c), lines 3 and 4, delete “if resources are available”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxx.     Clause 47   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (e), lines 1 and 2, delete “institution or a relevant private body” and insert “institutions or relevant private bodies”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xxxi.    Clause 48   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

before “any” insert “to be undertaken”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xxxii.   Clause 48   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxiii.  Clause 48   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxiv.  Clause 49   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 2, delete “with” and insert “by the provisions of”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)      

 

xxxv.   Clause 50   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

xxxvi.  Clause 50   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1),

paragraph (c), delete “three” and insert “four” and also delete “one” and insert “two”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxvii. Clause 50   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), add

the following new paragraph:

 

“(d)      the Executive Secretary”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxviii. Clause 50   – Amendment proposed   –      Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(3)      The President shall in appointing a member of the Board, have regard to the expertise of the person.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxxix.  Clause 50   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(5)      The members of the Board shall take and subscribe to the official oath and oath of secrecy specified in the schedule.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xl.        Clause 51   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xli.       Clause 51   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board” and in line 2, at end, add “for another term only”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

xlii.      Clause 51   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 1,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xliii.     Clause 51   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 2,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xliv.     Clause 51   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (4), line 2,

delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xlv.      Clause 51   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (5)

[wrongly numbered (2)], line 2, delete “Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xlvi.     Clause 52   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xlvii.    Clause 52   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 2,

delete “one-third of the membership” and insert “three members”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xlviii.   Clause 53   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

xlix.     Clause 53   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3) line 2,

delete “or a greater number determined by the Board in respect of an important matter”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

l.          Clause 54   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

li.         Clause 54   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), delete

“shall” and insert “may”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lii.        Clause 55  –    Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

liii.       Clause 56   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

liv.       Clause 56   –   Amendment proposed   –     Line 1, delete

“Commission” and insert “Board”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lv.        Clause 57   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

                                    (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lvi.       Clause 58   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lvii.      Clause 59   – Amendment proposed   –       Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

lviii.     Clause 60   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lix.       Clause 60   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 2,

at end, add “and the Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lx.        Clause 62   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxi.       Clause 62   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

paragraph:

 

“(c)      donations, gifts and grants”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxii.      Clause 63   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxiii.     Clause 64   – Amendment proposed   –       Delete

 

 (Mr. Fredrick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxiv.     Clause 65   – Amendment proposed   –       Delete

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxv.      Clause 65   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 2,

delete “three” and insert “six”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxvi.     Clause 65   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 1,

delete “three” and insert “six” and at end of line 3, add “and the Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxvii.    Clause 65   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 3,

delete “Minister” and insert “Commission”

 

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

lxviii.   Clause 66   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete and insert the

following:

 

(1)   The Commission shall submit an annual report in respect of its responsibilities under this Act to the Minister within one month after the receipt of its audited accounts from the Auditor-General.

 

(2)   The commission shall submit to the Minister any other report in respect of its functions under this Act which the Minister may require in writing.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxix.     Clause 66   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

delete “one month” and insert “thirty days”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxx.      Clause 66   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 2,

before “report” insert “annual”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxi.     Clause 67   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

delete “adversely affected” and insert “dissatisfied”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

lxxii.    Clause 67   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (3), line 2,

delete “to” and insert “into”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxiii.   Clause 67   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(4)      Where the applicant is illiterate, and the application has been reduced into writing, the information officer at the Commission shall

(a)        clearly and correctly, read and explain the request to the understanding of the applicant in accordance with the Illiterates’ Protection Act, 1912 (Cap 262);

(b)        a witness shall endorse on the face of the request that “the request was read to the applicant in the language the applicant understands and the applicant appeared to have understood the content of the request; and

(c)        ask the applicant to make a thumbprint on the request.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxiv.   Clause 69   –Amendment proposed   – Sub-clause (1),       add a

new paragraph as  follows:

 

(d)       the relevance of the information requested may suffer with the progression or expiration of time.

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxxv.    Clause 69   –Amendment proposed   –        Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (b), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxvi.   Clause 70   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(5)      The Commission shall have the powers of the High Court with reference to the examination of a witness.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxvii.  Clause 71   –   Amendment proposed   – Sub-clause (3),    

paragraph (e), insert  “Ghana and other” after “between”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxxviii. Clause 76   –   Amendment proposed   –     Headnote, delete and

insertImmunities

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxix.   Clause 76   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), lines 1

and 3, delete occurrences of “or other person” and in line 4, delete “access to”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxx.    Clause 76   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 1,

delete “access to” and in lines 2 and 5, delete occurrences of “access” and insert “information”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxi.   Clause 76   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), lines 3

and 4 , delete “acting in good faith and”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

lxxxii. Clause 76   –    Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

(3)   An information officer or the person who provides

access to an applicant in compliance with the provisions of this Act shall not be liable for any consequential use to which the information provided will be put.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

lxxxiii. Clause 77   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxiv. Clause 77   –   Amendment proposed   –     Line 1, delete “in good

faith under and insert “in accordance with the provisions of”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

lxxxv.  Clause 78   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (e), delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxvi. Clause 78   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clauses:

“(5)      Where a request is made for information to be provided in a medium or format in which the information is held, the information officer may request the applicant to pay the reasonable cost of media conversion of reformatting.

 

(6)         Where a request is made for information to be

provided which information must be transported either physically or electronically, the information officer may request the applicant to pay the reasonable cost for the cost of such physical or electronic transportation.”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

lxxxvii. Clause 79   –  Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

lxxxviii. Clause 80   – Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

lxxxix. Clause 81   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 1,

delete “three months” and insert “sixty days”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xc.       Clause 81   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (a), line 1, delete “access” and insert “information”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xci.      Clause 81   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2),

paragraph (d), line 1, delete “High” and in line 2, at end, add “if any”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xcii.     Clause 81   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clause:

 

“(4)      The Minister shall by the 30th of June of each year, lay before Parliament, an annual report on the activities of public institutions and the Commission in respect of the preceding year based on the annual reports of the public institutions.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xciii.    Clause 82   – Amendment proposed   –       Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

xciv.    Clause 83   – Amendment proposed   –       Headnote, delete

exempt information” and insertinformation exempt from disclosure

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xcv.     Clause 83   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (1), line 2,

delete “twenty-five” and insert “thirty”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xcvi.    Clause 83   –   Amendment proposed   –     Sub-clause (2), line 5,

after “individual” insert “public safety, national security, national economic interest and international relations with any other country”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xcvii.   Clause 86   –   Amendment proposed   –     Line 1, delete

“willfully” and insert “wilfully” and in line 5, delete “one year” and insert “six months”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xcviii.  Clause 88   –   Amendment proposed   –     Delete

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

(Mr. Haruna Iddrisu)

 

xcix.    Clause 89   –   Amendment proposed   –     Transpose to become

sub-clause (1) of Clauses 90

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

c.         Clause 90   –   Amendment proposed   –     Opening phrase, after

“may” insert “in consultation with the Board”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

ci.        Clause 90   –   Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

sub-clauses:

 

“(2)      The Minister may, by legislative instrument, extend the application of this Act to the private sector.

 

(3)        The legislative instrument made under subsection (1) shall specify

(a)        the provisions of the Act which shall “apply to the private sector;

(b)        the type of information to which access should be given;

(c)        the exemptions which shall apply to the private sector as they apply in the public sector; and

(d)       the court procedures that may be enforced to make available the requisite information.”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

cii.       Clause 91 – Amendment proposedAdd the following new

        Interpretation:

 

        “Commission” means the Data Protection Commission

of the Republic”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

ciii.      Clause 91   –Amendment proposed   –        Add the following new

interpretation:

 

“Government” means any authority by which the executive authority of the Republic is exercised;”

 

(Chairman of the Committee)      

 

 

civ.      Clause 91   –Amendment proposed   –        Add the following new

interpretation:

 

“Minister” means the minister responsible for information”

 

 (Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

cv.       New clause   –     Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

clause:

 

“Information relating to Council of State        

(1)  Information is exempt from disclosure

(a)        if it has been received from the President in the performance of the Council’s counselling function to the President;

(b)        if it is being prepared for submission or being submitted to the Office of the President in response to a counselling request from the President;

(c)        if it is being prepared for submission or being submitted in response to a counselling request from any other authority in accordance with law; and

 

(2)  Information which contains factual or statistical data and which does not disclose information concerning a decision, deliberation, discussion or advice of Council is not exempt information”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

cvi.      New clause   –     Amendment proposed   –     Add the following new

clause:

 

Transitional Provision

The provisions of section 18 and other consequential sections shall come into force 12 months from the date on which this Act is assented to by the President”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

cvii.     Long Title   – Amendment proposed   –        Line 2, insert “a

public officer or” after “by”

 

(Mr. Frederick Opare-Ansah)

 

 

24.       COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE AND INTERIOR

 

Date:               Monday, 10th December 2018

Time:               10:00 a.m.

Venue:             Committee Room 10W (West Wing, 10th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:           To consider the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Interior for the 2019 Financial Year.

 

 

SPECIAL BUDGET COMMITTEE

 

Date:               Monday, 10th December 2018

Time:               11:00 a.m.

Venue:             Committee Room 10W (West Wing, 10th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:           To consider the Annual Budget Estimates of the following for the 2019 Financial Year:

(i)         Audit Service.

(ii)        National Media Commission.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTIONAL, LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS

 

Date:               Monday, 10th December 2018

Time:               10:00 a.m.

Venue:             Committee Room 7E (East Wing, 7th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:           To consider the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney-General’s Department for the 2019 Financial Year.

COMMITTEE ON TRADE, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM

 

Date:               Monday, 10th December 2018

Time:               12:00 Noon

Venue:             Committee Room 7E (East Wing, 7th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:           To consider the Annual Budget Estimates for the 2019 Financial Year.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

 

Date:               Monday, 10th December 2018

Time:               10:00 a.m.

Venue:             Committee Room 6E (East Wing, 6th Floor, Job 600)

Agenda:           To consider the Annual Budget Estimates of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation for the 2019 Financial Year.

 

 

 


 

SUPPLEMENT

 

ANSWER TO PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION

 

*487.   Background

 

The MASTEES was an incentive programme to provide scholarship and bursaries for needy but brilliant students in Mathematics, Science and Technology related subjects in tertiary and second cycle institutions.

 

In 2009, cabinet gave approval for the implementation of the Mathematics, Science and Technology Scholarship Scheme (MASTEES) by the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and GETFund.

 

The Programme was officially launched on 17th August, 2009 by Ms. Sherry Ayittey, the Minister responsible for Environment, Science and Technology, on behalf of the President.

 

The introduction of MASTEES became necessary following a decline in the interest of students to take up the study of science and mathematics coupled with the poor results students obtained at the West Africa Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

 

It was to be funded by 2% of funds allocated to GETFund. The allocation was to be deposited in a special account called ‘MASTEES Fund’ to be disbursed by the scholarship secretariat. It was estimated that the MASTEES programme would benefit 41,400 brilliant but needy students annually, to enable them pursue both secondary and tertiary education. The implementation of the programme started in 2010.

 

MASTEES Funds released by GETFund since 2010 to 2014 was GHȻ10.5 Million with the following breakdown:

 

 

1.         2010/2011- GHȻ2.5 Million;

2.         2011/2012- GHȻ2 Million;

3.         2012/2013- GHȻ3 Million; and

4.         2014/2015- GHȻ3 Million

 

As can be seen above, in 2014, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) received an amount of GHȻ3,000,000 from the GETFund for the implementation of the 2014/2015 MASTEES Programme. This amount benefitted 3,849 students in pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions under the MASTEES programme. In 2015 and again in 2016 MESTI requested for release of funds for the programme to continue. Unfortunately, funds were not released and the programme was truncated.

 

At the time that the programme was stopped in 2015, a total of twelve thousand, seven hundred and fifty-five (12,755) students had benefitted. The table below depicts the yearly distribution of beneficiaries:

 

            Total Number of MASTEES Beneficiaries

 

Academic Year

Total Beneficiaries

2010/2011

3,543

2011/2012

2,803

2012/2013

2,560

2014/2015

3,849

Total

12,755

 

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