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Council of State Bill, 2020 Read the Third Time and Passed

After more than two decades of parliamentary practice under the Fourth Republic, Parliament on Wednesday, passed the Council of State Bill, 2020 into Law to provide for the establishment of a Secretariat to provide professional and administrative support for related matters for the effective and efficient delivery on the mandate of the Council of State. --Read more--

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PARLIAMENT'S COVID-19 RESULTS NOT YET KNOWN.

The attention of Parliament has been drawn to reports by Starrfmonline that two Members and thirteen Staff of Parliament have tested positive for COVID 19 after the mandatory testing exercise undertaken by Parliament last week.

Parliament would like to state categorically that the results of the tests are not yet known and so the report by Starrfmonline is not true. Parliament would therefore like to urge Starrfmonline to pull down the said report and update its audience with the relevant information to the effect that the results from the tests are unknown to Parliament.

The confidentiality protocol of testing for COVID-19 is that, those who test positive will be called directly by the testing team and be taken through the necessary steps for quarantine and treatment. Officially Parliament is unaware of any such call and has no official figures from the National COVID-19 response team.

Meanwhile, Parliament will like to assure the Public that it remains committed to ensuring the safety and avoidance of possible spread of the disease in Parliament. Citizens are encouraged to call or reach Parliament on line with their enquiries and only attend upon the House if it becomes absolutely necessary.

 

KATE ADDO

DIRECTOR, PUBLIC AFFAIRS


26-05-2020    




PROCEEDINGS - PLENARY



× Parliament is shocked and extremely saddened by the killing of the Member for Mfantseman, Hon. Ekow Quansah Hayford.

× The Committee on Gender and Children met to consider the Witchcraft Bill with reference to the Criminal Offences Act and to embark on a field visit to prayer camps.

× The Petroleum Hub Development Corporation Bill, 2020 has been read a third time and passed into law.



IN THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE SEVENTH PARLIAMENT

OF THE FOURTH REPUBLIC OF GHANA

 

ORDER PAPER

 

FOR THE TWELFTH SITTING OF THE THIRD

MEETING OF PARLIAMENT

 

FRIDAY, 22RD OCTOBER, 2020

 

 

          BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

1.         PRAYERS

 

2.         CORRECTION OF VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS AND OFFICIAL REPORT

 

3.         STATEMENTS

 

4.         AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS


            

            AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

 

5.         PRESENTATION OF PAPERS

 

 

 

            The following Paper to be presented:

 

 

 

            By the Chairman of the Committee

 

Report of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the Plant Variety Protection Bill, 2020.

 

 

 

6.         REAL ESTATE AGENCY BILL, 2020

 

            -           At the Consideration Stage

 

 

 

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

 

clause after clause 29:

 

 

 

Suspension of a license

 

30. (1)  The Council may suspend the licence of a real estate broker or real estate agent, where the Council determines that the real estate broker or real estate agent in the performance of a function authorised by the licence

 

(a)        fails to use the real estate forms required for the transaction;

 

(b)        accepts cash in payment for the transaction;

 

(c)        fails, within reasonable time which shall not exceed one month, to pay out money received into  a  client account, to the client;

 

(d)       pays  a commission or fees, or divided commission or fees to a person who is not a licensed real estate broker or real estate agent; or

 

(e)        fails to give a copy of the sale and purchase agreement to both the seller and purchaser of real estate.

 

 

 

(2)    The Council shall only suspend the licence, if the Council

 

(a)        gives at least ten days’ notice to the real estate broker or real estate agent  whose licence the Council intends to suspend;

 

(b)        states in the notice the grounds of the suspension;

 

(c)        serves on the real estate broker or real estate agent a copy of any complaint or charges which the Council proposes to consider; and

 

(d)       gives the real estate broker or real estate agent, the opportunity to

 

(i)         be heard and be represented by a lawyer,

 

(ii)        examine and cross-examine witnesses and present documents and other evidence in support of the case of that Real estate broker or Agent.

 

 

 

(3)    The Council shall suspend the licence of a broker or an real estate agent who after being given notice, fails to take the required remedial action within the specified time”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

                                             Debate to continue

 

 

 

ii.         Clause 30  –    Amendment proposed  –      Delete and insert the

 

following:

 

 

 

Revocation of license

 

31. (1)  Except as otherwise provided in this Act, the Council shall revoke the real estate broker licence of a company, society, association or partnership, if that company, society, association or partnership ceases to have a licensed real estate broker as the designated officer or broker of that company, society, association or partnership.

 

 

 

(2)    The Council shall revoke the licence of a real estate broker or real estate agent if the Council determines that the licence was obtained by fraud.

 

 

 

(3)    Without limiting subsections (1) and (2), the Council may revoke the licence of a real estate broker or real estate agent

 

(a)        where the agreement entered into by that real estate broker or real estate agent in relation to the licence of that real estate broker or real estate agent ceases to be effective;

 

(b)        if that broker or agent is convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for a serious offence; or

 

(c)        if in the performance of a function authorised by the licence, the real estate broker or real estate agent

 

(i)         knowingly makes  a fraudulent misrepresentation;

 

(ii)        acts  in the dual capacity of broker and undisclosed principal in the same transaction;

 

(iii)       acts  for more than one party in the same transaction without the knowledge and consent of the parties that the licensee represented in the transaction;

 

(iv)       accepts, gives  or charges  an undisclosed commission, rebate or profit on expenditures from a principal;

 

(v)        commingles  the money or other property of a property owner with those of the licensee;

 

(vi)       fails to disclose information on a property which is the subject matter of a transaction; or

 

(vii)      accepts from a prospective seller a net listing.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

iii.        Clause 31  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1),

 

paragraph (b), delete and insert the following:

 

 

 

“two licensed real estate practitioners, one of whom is a lawyer with not less than five years at the Bar”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

iv.        Clause 31  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4),

 

opening phrase, line 1, before “simple”, insert “a”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

v.         Clause 31  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4),

 

paragraph (a), lines 1 and 2, delete “including a determination of each issue of fact or law”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

vi.        Clause 31  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4), after

 

“Committee”, insert “that took the decision”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

vii.       Clause 32  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 1,

 

delete “or testify”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

viii.      Clause 33  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 3,

 

delete “affected licensee” and insert “aggrieved person”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

ix.        Clause 34  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclauses (1) and

 

(2), delete and insert the following:

 

 

 

“(1)      Where the Board approves the decisions of the Appeals Committee, the Council shall implement the decision by taking the appropriate action under this Act.

 

 

 

(2)        In addition to sub-section (1), the Council may by notice in writing require the licensee to take a remedial action specified in the notice within a specified time.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

x.         Clause 34  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 1,

 

delete “the license of a person” and insert “or suspend a broker or an agent”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xi.        Clause 35  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), lines 3

 

and 4, delete “but the agreement shall not oust the jurisdiction of the court”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xii.       Clause 35  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2), line 1,

 

delete “the” and insert “an”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xiii.      Clause 36  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), line 1,

 

after “decision” insert “of the Appeals Committee” and in line 2, delete “one month” and insert “sixty days” and further in line 3, delete “that” and insert “the”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xiv.      Clause 37  –    Amendment proposed  –      Delete and insert the

 

following:

 

 

 

Appointment of real estate inspectors

 

37. (1)  Real estate inspectors shall be appointed under section 16 of this Act for the effective and efficient implementation of the functions of the Council under this Act.

 

 

 

(2)    A real estate inspector shall be issued with a certificate of appointment with the photograph of the inspector affixed to the certificate which shall be produced whenever required in the discharge of the duties of the real estate inspector under this Act.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xv.       Clause 38  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), delete

 

and insert the following:

 

 

 

“(1)      An officer of the Council or any other person authorised by the Council may at a reasonable time during the day for the purpose of inspection,

 

(a)        enter the office of a Real estate broker  to ensure compliance with  this Act; and

 

(b)        enter any premises which the Officer or any other person authorised by the Council has reasonable grounds to believe  relates to

 

(i)         a real estate transaction including a transaction otherwise exempt under subsection (3) of this Act;

 

(ii)        a real estate transaction involving money laundering and terrorist financing.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xvi.      Clause 38  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3),

 

opening phrase, line 2, delete “among others,”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xvii.     Clause 38  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), add the

 

following new paragraph:

 

 

 

“(#)      any other relevant information;”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xviii.    Clause 39  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2), line 3,

 

delete “by” and insert “to”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xix.      Clause 39  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 1,

 

delete “at intervals of six months” and insert “on annual basis”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xx.       Clause 39  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (6), add the

 

following new paragraph:

 

 

 

“(#)      any other relevant institution;”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxi.      Clause 40  –    Amendment proposed  –      Add the following new

 

subclause:

 

 

 

“(#)      Where a real estate agent opens and maintains an office, the office shall be affiliated to a licensed real estate broker.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxii.     Clause 41  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), line 2,

 

after “transactions” delete all the words up to the end of the subclause.

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxiii.    Clause 41  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2), add the

 

following new paragraph:

 

 

 

“(#)      an applicant may also apply electronically for a real estate transaction form;”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxiv.    Clause 41  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 2,

 

delete “void” and insert “voidable”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxv.     Clause 41  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4), line 2,

 

after “purchase agreements”, insert “forms”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxvi.    Clause 42  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), line 1,

 

after “A”, insert “licensed”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxvii.   Clause 42  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxviii.  Clause 42  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3),

 

paragraph (b), line 2, delete “person other than the” and insert “different”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxix.    Clause 43  –    Amendment proposed  –      Line 2, after

 

“prepare”, insert “or cause to be prepared”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxx.     Clause 45  –    Amendment proposed  –      Delete and insert the

 

following:

 

 

 

“A real estate broker or agent shall open and operate a separate client’s account for the real estate of a client into which moneys due in relation to the real estate transactions shall be paid.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxi.    Clause 46  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), delete

 

and insert the following:

 

 

 

“A real estate transaction is not complete until the parties to the transaction are issued with a Real Estate Transaction Certificate by the Council.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxii.   Clause 46  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (5), add the

 

following new paragraph:

 

 

 

“(#)      any other competent institution”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxiii.  Clause 46  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (7), line 1,

 

delete both occurrences of “property” and insert “estate”, and in line 2, delete “void” and insert “voidable”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxiv.  Clause 49  –    Amendment proposed  –      Headnote, delete

 

Books of

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxv.   Clause 49  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4), line 1,

 

delete “appoint” and insert “engage”, and in line 4, delete “appointment” and insert “engagement”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxvi.  Clause 50  –    Amendment proposed  –      Opening phrase, lines

 

1 and 2, delete “which contain among others, details”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

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

 

paragraph:

 

 

 

“(#)      any other relevant information”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxviii. Clause 54  –   Amendment proposed  –      Opening phrase, line

 

2, delete “for”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxxix.  Clause 55  –    Amendment proposed  –      Line 1, after “may”,

 

insert “in consultation with the Financial Intelligence Centre”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xl.        Clause 56  –    Amendment proposed  –      Interpretation of

 

“mortgage bond”, delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xli.       Clause 56  –    Amendment proposed  –      Add the following new

 

interpretation:

 

 

 

“‘Professional indemnity insurance cover’ means an insurance policy that covers claims by clients for mistakes or negligence committed by a broker or agent in the course of real estate agency practice”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

7.         INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS, GHANA BILL, 2020

 

            -           At the Consideration Stage

 

 

 

i.          Clause 4  –      Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1),

 

paragraph (b), line 1, delete “First”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

ii.         Clause 4  –      Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1),

 

paragraph (c), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

iii.        Clause 4  –      Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1),

 

paragraph (g), line 1, delete “two” and insert “three”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

iv.        Clause 5  –      Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), line 2,

 

after “only”, add “except the chairperson who shall hold office for one term only”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

v.         Clause 6  –      Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4), delete

 

and insert the following:

 

 

 

“The chairperson shall preside at meetings of the Council and in the absence of the chairperson, the Vice-President of the Institute shall preside and in the absence of both the chairperson and Vice-President of the Institute, a member of the Council elected by the members present from among their number shall preside.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

vi.        Clause 13  –    Amendment proposed  –      Paragraph (f), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

vii.       Clause 14  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (9), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

viii.      Clause 14  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (10), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

ix.        Clause 19  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), line 2,

 

at end, add “for registration”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

x.         Clause 23  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1),

 

paragraph (e), line 1, before “Chartered”, delete “the” and insert “a”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xi.        Clause 23  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 2,

 

delete “for a period and”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xii.       Clause 24  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2),

 

opening phrase, delete “The register” and insert “Registers”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xiii.      Clause 24  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (5), delete

 

“register” and insert “registers”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xiv.      Clause 26  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (3), line 2,

 

delete “three months” and insert “ninety days”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xv.       Clause 36  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (4),

 

paragraph (b), subparagraph (ii), delete “its principals” and insert “the principals of the firm”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xvi.      Clause 43  –    Amendment proposed  –      Headnote, after

 

Professional”, insertindemnity

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xvii.     Clause 43  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (1), line 1,

 

after “professional”, insert “indemnity”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xviii.    Clause 43  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2), line 1,

 

after “professional”, insert “indemnity”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xix.      Clause 56  –    Amendment proposed  –      Subclause (2), line 2,

 

delete “three months” and insert “ninety days”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xx.       Clause 63  –    Amendment proposed  –      Interpretation of

 

“FCA(Hons)”, delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

xxi.      Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 2, subclause

 

(1), paragraph (b), line 1, delete “Vice Presidents and the four” and insert “Vice-President and the five”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxii.     Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 4, subclause

 

(4), line 2, delete “Vice Presidents” and insert “Vice-President”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxiii.    Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 5, subclause

 

(1), delete and insert the following:

 

 

 

“The President shall preside at all meetings of the Institute and in the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall preside.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxiv.    Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 5, subclause

 

(2), lines 1 and 2, delete “President, the First Vice-President and the Second Vice-President” and insert “and Vice-President”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxv.     Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 10, subclause

 

(1), paragraph (a), line 1, delete “First”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxvi.    Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 10, subclause

 

(1), paragraph (b), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

xxvii.   Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 10, subclause

 

(1), paragraph (c), delete and insert the following:

 

 

 

“the President and the Vice-President of the Institute shall elect two of its members to hold Office as President and Vice-President for the remainder of the term;”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

xxviii.  Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 10, subclause

 

(1), paragraph (d), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

xxix.    Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 10, subclause

 

(1), paragraph (e), delete

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

xxx.     Fourth Schedule  – Amendment proposed  –      Clause 10, subclause

 

(2), delete and insert the following:

 

 

 

“A Vice-President who leaves office because of the expiration of the term of office is eligible for election to the position of President.”

 

 

 

(Chairman of the Committee)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.         COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

 

 

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE SITTINGS

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE AND STATE ENTERPRISES

 

 

 

Date:               Friday, 23rd October 2020

 

Time:               9:00 a.m.

 

Venue:             Committee Room 6W (West Wing, 6th Floor, Job 600)

 

Agenda:           To examine the 2018/2019 Financial Statement of Ghana Cocoa Board.

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON ROADS AND TRANSPORT

 

 

 

Date:               Friday, 23rd October 2020

 

Time:               10:00 a.m.

 

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

 

Agenda:           To consider the Air Navigation Services Agency Bill, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 



                

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