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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HANSARD - 28 NOVEMBER 2012 VOL. 39 NO. 4

Wednesday, 28th November 2012

The House of Assembly met at a Quarter-past Two O'clock p.m.  

PRAYERS

(THE DEPUTY SPEAKER in the Chair)

ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER

BRIEFING BY THE ZIMBABWE ELECTORAL COMMISSION (ZEC) ON ITS MANDATE

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have to inform the House that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is inviting all hon. members to a briefing on the mandate of the ZEC phases of the electoral process and the electoral cycle and any other issues pertaining to their mandate. The meeting will be in the august House of Assembly on Thursday, 29th November 2012 at 0900 hours.

RULING BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER ON ABSENCE OF A QUORUM DURING DEBATE ON THE FINANCE BILL

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have to announce that yesterday during the debate on the motion for leave to bring in a Finance Bill, Hon Mangami raised a point of order that there was no quorum in the House. The Chair ordered that bells be rung in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order Number 27(1). After the bells had rung for four minutes, the Chair allowed Hon. Mangami to withdraw her point of order and debate on the motion resumed. The House then proceeded to dispose of the motion and Order Number 6 on the Order Paper.

The Chair has since reflected on these proceedings in context of the provisions of the Constitution and Standing Order number 27(1). It is the ruling of the Chair that the point of order should have been sustained to its logical conclusion, which is to ascertain whether or not there was a quorum. Standing Orders made in terms of the Constitution do not permit the withdrawal of the attention of the absence of a quorum which is itself, a Constitutional requirement.

The Chair, therefore, rules that, in terms of Section 54(2) of the Constitution, as read with Standing Order No. 27, the bells should have rung for 7 minutes during which period no question or debate shall be permitted as the Chair has no discretion.

Consequently, the Chair further rules that the proceedings on the motion for leave to bring in a Finance Bill and the subsequent proceedings in Committee of Supply as well as those relating to the Appropriation Bill are null and void and are hereby restored to the Order Paper.

Accordingly the motion on the Finance Bill shall resume as an adjourned debate and the Committee of Supply shall start from the beginning.

The debate on leave to bring in a Bill becomes today's Order No. 1 and Committee of Supply Order No. 6, with the other Orders renumbered accordingly.

MOTION

BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS: Madam Speaker, thank you. Consequently, upon your proper ruling Madam Speaker, and in order to address the anomaly created by what happened yesterday, may I, with your leave, move that Questions Without Notice be suspended in order to address the anomaly which you have ruled upon.

Motion put and agreed to.

MOTION

FINANCE BILL: BUDGET DEBATE

First Order read: Adjourned debate on motion for leave to bring in a Finance Bill.

Question again proposed.

Motion put and agreed to.

Bill ordered to be brought in by THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS on behalf of THE MINISTER OF FINANCE.

FIRST READING

FINANCE (NO. 2) 2013 BILL (H.B. 8, 2012)

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS on behalf of THE MINISTER OF FINANCE presented the Finance (No. 2) 2013 Bill (H.B. 8, 2012).

Bill read the first time.

Bill referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee.

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you honourable members for your patience, at least we have sorted what was worrying us.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER

NON-ADVERSE REPORT RECEIVED FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have received a Non-Adverse Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the Finance (No. 2) 2013 Bill, H.B. 8, 2012.

Second Reading: with leave forthwith.

SECOND READING

FINANCE (No. 2) 2013 BILL, H.B.8, 2012

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS: I move that the Bill be now read a second time.

Motion put and agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Committee Stage: with leave forthwith.

COMMITTEE STAGE

FINANCE (No. 2) BILL, H.B. 6, 2012

House in Committee.

Clauses 1 to 9 put and agreed to.

House resumed.

Bill reported without amendments.

Third Reading: With leave; forthwith.

THIRD READING

FINANCE (No.2) 2013 BILL (H.B. 8, 2012)

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS on behalf of THE MINISTER OF FINANCE: I move that the Bill be now read the third time.

Motion put and agreed to.

Bill reid the third time.

COMMITTEE OF SUPPLY

MAIN ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE

Fifth Order read: Committee of Supply: Main Estimates of Expenditure

House in Committee.

Vote 1 - Office of the Presidentand Cabinet, US$161 024"000 put and agreed to.

Vote 2 - Office of the Prime Minister, US$13 349!000 put and agreed to.

Vote 3 - Parliamelt of Zimbabwe, US$15 316 000 put a.d agreed to.

Vote 4 - Public Service, US$140 441 000 put and agreee to.

Vote 5 - Defence, US$356 699 000 put and agreed to.

Votes 6 to 8 - Financ%, US$218 076 000 put and agpeed to.

Vote 90- In$ustry and Commerce, US$7 656 000 put and agreed tï.

Vote 10 - Agricult5re, Mechanisition and Irrigation Development, - US$147 839 000 put and agreed to.

VOte`11 - Mines and Mining Develop-ent, US$7 078 000 put ald agreed to.

Vote 12 - En~ironment`and Natural Resources Management, US$8 674 0 0 put and agreed to.

Vote 13 - Transpo2t and Infrastructural Davelopment, US$69 292 000 put and agreed to.

Tote 14 - Foreign Affairs, US$43 204 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 15 - Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, US$51 451 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 16 - Health and Child Welfare, US$380 980 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 17 - Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, US$754 937 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 18 - Higher and Tertiary Education, US$286 781 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 19 - Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment, US$42 333 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 20 - Home Affairs, US$308 042 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 21 - Justice and Legal Affairs, US$96 135 00 put and agreed to.

Vote 22 - Media, Information and Publicity, US$7 347 00 0 put and agreed to.

Vote 23 - Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development, US$9 479 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 24 - Energy and Power Development US$20 766 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 25 - Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, US$3 155 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 26 - Science and Technology Development, US$8 486 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 27 - Women's Affairs, Gender and Community Development, US$ 10 129 00 put and agreed to.

Vote 28 - National Housing and Social Amenities, US$18 945 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 29 - Water Resources Development and Management, US$78 135 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 30 - Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, US$8 230 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 31 - Tourism and Hospitality Industry - US$6 125 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 32 - Labour and Social Services - US$35 482 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 33 - State Enterprises and Parastatals - $3 075 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 34 - Information, Communication and Technology - $7 244 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 35 - Public Works - $43 496 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 36 - Regional Integration and International Cooperation - $2 518 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 37 - Lands and Rural Resettlement - $11 192 000 put and agreed to.

Vote 38 - Judiciary Services Commission - $16 618 000 put and agreed to.

Main Estimates of Expenditure to be reported without amendments.

House resumed.

Main Estimates of Expenditure reported without amendment.

Report Adopted.

Bill ordered to be brought in by the Minister of Finance in accordance with the Main Estimates of Expenditure adopted by the House.

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS on behalf of THE MINISTER OF FINANCE: Thank you Madam Speaker. To give effect to the Report of the Committee of Supply on the Main Estimates of Expenditure adopted by this House, I bring in a Bill to apply a further sum of money for the services of Zimbabwe for the year ending December 31, 2013. The Appropriation (2013) Bill, H.B. 8, 2012. I move that the Bill be read for the first time.

FIRST READING

APPROPRIATION (2013)2012 BILL (H.B.8, 2012)

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS on behalf of THE MINISTER OF FINANCE presented the Appropriation (2013)2012 Bill, [H.B. 8, 2012].

Bill read the first time.

Bill referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE DEPUTY SPEAKER

NON ADVERSE REPORT RECEIVED FROM THE PARLIAMENTARY LEGAL COMMITTEE

THE DEPUTY SPEAKER: I have received a Non-Adverse Report from the Parliamentary Legal Committee on the Appropriation (2013)2012 Bill, H.B. 7, 2012.

SECOND READING

FINANCE (NO. 2) 2013 2012 BILL, H.B. 7, 2012.

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS on behalf of THE MINISTER OF FINANCE: Thank you Madam Speaker. Madam Speaker, the purpose of this Bill is to give effect to the Main Estimates of Expenditure for the year ending 31 December 2013 which I tabled to this House on the 15th of November 2012. Section 3 of the Appropriation 2013 Bill charges the consolidated revenue fund with the sum in excess of US$3 billion which relates to the 2013 vote appropriations. The Vote Appropriation seeks to grand and fulfill food security, provision of critical socio and infrastructure services in health, education, water and electricity among other Government programmes.

Section 5 (1) of the Bill empowers the Minister of Finance to transfer funds already approved by Parliament between Votes in respect of a function or responsibility transferred between ministries and departments during the course of the fiscal year.

Section 5 (ii) of the Bill allows discretion to the Minister of Finance to transfer funds from the Unallocated Reserve which appears on the Ministry of Finance Vote to any other Vote as when the need arises in order to meet inescapable expenditures. In addition and if necessary the Minister of Finance can vary the amounts so transferred by taking back any surplus for reallocation to other ministries to meet demands that may arise.

Madam Speaker, I accordingly move that the Bill be now read a second time.

Motion put and agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

SECOND READING

APPROPRIATION (2013) 2012 BILL, H.B. 7, 2012

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS: I move that the Bill be now read a second time.

Motion put and agreed to.

Bill read a second time.

Third Reading: With leave; forthwith.

THIRD READING

APPROPRIATION (2013) 2012 BILL, H.B. 7, 2012

THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS: I move that the Bill be read the third time.

Motion put and agreed to.

Bill read the third time.

On the motion of THE MINISTER OF CONSTITUTIONAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS, the House adjourned at Twenty Minutes past Three o'clock p.m.

 

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