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Oral Question - Friday 25th September 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Friday 25th September 2009



1.    0293/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning –

a)    Will he inform this House from 01.01.2005 to 31.12.2008 and 01.01.2009 to date –

(i)    The interest payable for the total debt obtained within the above period;

Answer:

Total Interest Payments 2005 – 2008

Year / Rs. (Mn.)
2005 – 120,159
2006 – 150,777
2007 – 182,681
2008 – 212,475
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

Total Interest Payments January – June 2009

Month / Rs. (Mn.)
January – 26,522
February – 31,911
March – 22,466
April – 25,346
May – 16,898
June – 23,377
(Source Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

(ii)    SLR to US Dollar equivalent:

Exchange Rate SLR to US$ 2005 – 2008

Year / US$
2005 (as at beginning of) – 104.60
2005 – 102.12
2006 – 107.71
2007 – 108.72
2008 – 113.14

Exchange Rate SLR to US$ Jan – June 2009

Month / US$
January – 113.87
February – 114.25
March – 115.71
April – 120.13
May – 114.90
June – 114.93
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

(iii)    Reserves against Imports Ration;

Months of Imports from Gross Official Reserves 2005 – 2008

Year / Months
2005 (as at beginning of) – 3.29
2005 – 3.72
2006 – 3.31
2007 – 3.72
2008 – 2.19
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

Months of Imports from Gross Official Reserves Jan – June 2009

Month / Months
January – 1.25
February – 1.25
March – 1.21
April – 1.26
May – 1.46
June – 1.69
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

(iv)    Poverty Level;

Poverty Head Count Index

Year / Percentage
2002 – 22.7
2006 / 2007 – 15.2
(Source: Department of Census and Statistics)

(v)    Number of families earning less than the Poverty Level;

No. of Persons below Poverty Line

Year / ‘000
2002 – Not Applicable
2006 / 2007 – 2,805
(Source: Department of Census and Statistics)

(vi)    Balance of payment; and

Balance of Payment – US$ Mn. 2005 – 2008

Year / Surplus (Deficit)
2005 – (205.0)
2005 – 501.0
2006 – 203.7
2007 – 530.5
2008 – (1,225.4)
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

Balance of Payment – US$ Mn. Jan – June 2009

Month / Surplus (Deficit)
January – (319.4)
February – (578.2)
March – (688.0)
April – (633.9)
May – (475.7)
June – (191.6)
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)

(vii)    Number of families receiving subsidies;

No. of Beneficiary Families

Year: 2005
Income Supplementary Program: 1,960,664
Dry Ration Program: 98,223
Nutrition Program: 122,186

Year: 2006
Income Supplementary Program: 1,916,594
Dry Ration Program: 122,269
Nutrition Program: 186,211

Year: 2007
Income Supplementary Program: 1,844,660
Dry Ration Program: 105,105
Nutrition Program: 102,020

Year: 2008
Income Supplementary Program: 1,631,133
Dry Ration Program: 102,662
Nutrition Program: 86,480
(Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka)


b)    Will he state, with the proof whether the country has progressed or retarded according to above (i) to (vii) ?

Answer:

The progress or the slow down of the economy could not be measured only by using above statistics.

The total interest payments of Rs. 120,159 Mn. In 2005 increased to Rs. 212,475 Mn. In 2008. The total interest payments for the first half of 2009 were Rs. 146,520 Mn. Although the absolute figures increased, government debt and interest payment as a percentage of GDP decreased by reflecting positive indication from 90.6% in 2005 to 81.1% in 2008 and 5.1% in 2005 to 4.8% in 2008, respectively.

Another notable factor is the public investment as a percentage of GDP has been around 6% during the period compared to less than 5% before 2005. These public investments resulted in more electricity/water for household, better road network all over the country, better social infrastructure etc.

The months of imports in terms of gross official reserves recorded a sharp increase to over 3 months in August 2009 supported by the Stand By Arrangement facility provided by International Monetary Fund, recently. Further, this facility has helped for the surplus balance of BOP in the third quarter of 2009.

The living standard of Sri Lanka has increased in 2006 / 2007 when compared with 2002. As per the information of the Department of Census and Statistics, the poverty head count index of 22.7 percent in 2002 was increased to 15.2 percent in 2006/2007. This was mainly due to eradication of rural poverty which has represented 80 percent of the total population of the country.

Reflecting the success of the efforts taken by the government towards eradicating poverty, the number of beneficiary families benefited from the Samurdhi Program is declining gradually from 2005.

Amidst the several impediments, the per capita income has increased to US$ 2,014 in 2008 compared with US$ 1,241 in 2005.

Currently, it is measured by Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) agreed by 91 countries all over the world. Eight goals of the MDGs are as follows –

1.    Eradicate Extreme Hunger and Poverty
2.    Achieve Universal Primary Education
3.    Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
4.    Reduce Child Mortality
5.    Improve Maternal Health
6.    Combat HIV / AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases
7.    Ensure Environmental Sustainability
8.    Develop a Global Partnership for Development

Sri Lanka has recorded significant progress towards achieving goals 2, 3, 4 and 5 compared to other countries.


c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise.



2.    0390/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration, and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order –

a)    Will he inform this House separately, as at 1st January 2007, 1st January 2008, 1st January 2009 and to date: –

(i)    the number of Army, Navy, Air Force and Police personnel; and
(ii)    the number of males and females?

Answer:

In respect of (i) and (ii) above, statistical data in relation to the Three Forces and the Police cannot be given on security reasons.


b)    Will he state –

(i)    the additional benefits given to these heroic forces personnel as at 01.01.2006; and after 17.05.2009?

Answer:

a.    Officers and the other rankers who are serving in the operational areas were being entitled for a special monthly allowance of Rs. 3,000/- and Rs. 2,500/- respectively as at 01.01.2006 in addition to their normal salary. These monthly allowances were increased up to Rs. 5,000/- and Rs. 4,500/- respectively for each rank since 0101.2009.

b.    The special arduous allowance of Rs. 100/- and Rs. 80/- paid to for the officers and the other rankers in Jaffna Brigade Headquarters Division by 01.01.2006 was extended to the service personnel of Vanni Brigade Headquarters Division since 04.10.2007.

c.    All the service personnel were also being entitled for the monthly cost of living allowance of Rs. 4,500/- which is being paid to the Public Servants since 01.01.2009.

d.    10% of Consolidated Salary, recovered from the Housing Rent Allowance entitled by the married officers/other rankers of the Three Forces was suspended from the date of 01.09.2006 and therefore, it can be considered as a 10% salary increase.

e.    Revision of the Pension of all the pensioners of the Three Forces who have retired on or before 01.01.1997 and drawn a pension as at 01.01.2006 and payment of the arrears of pensions in two stages. In the event of revising of their pension the minimum service period of a pensioner has been considered as 25 years and accordingly Officers’ pension was increased by 40% while the pension of other rankers was increased by 73%.

f.    Revision of the consolidated salary of the Three Service personnel with effect from 01.01.2006, in terms of the salary scales indicated in the Public Administration Circular No. 6/2006 and payment of the arrears of consolidated salary since 01.01.2007.

g.    Implementation of new proposals relating to grant salaries and allowances as well as special compensation in respect of the dependents of the service personnel who died/missing while in active service.

o    Payment of 25% of the salary and allowances paid to the widow of a deceased married War Hero to the parent of such person.

o    In the event of re-marrying widows of war heroes who have no children, a collective payment of compensation similar to the salary and allowances of 10 years entitled to her will be paid.

o    In the event that the widow who have children are re-marrying, payment of 50% compensation similar to 10 years salary and allowance entitled by her and the payment of balance 50% to the children on a monthly basis.

o    In the event of re-marrying widows of Service Personnel who died before 21.11.2007, entitlement to them for such benefits stated above.

o    Increase the maximum age limit of the children (both male and female) who are entitled for compensation up to 20 years as and when necessary.

o    Payment of salary and allowances to the dependents of the Three Service personnel who died on reasons other than the terrorist attacks while in active service up to the age of 55 years.

h.    Granting pension rights to the lady officers and female other rankers in the Volunteer Forces of the Three Forces who have reckonable period of service not less than 15 years similar to those of regular forces.

i.    Making provisions to contribute to the Widows and Orphans Pensions Scheme to the officers and other rankers of the Volunteer Forces of the Three Armed Forces (Extra Ordinary Gazette No. 1607/08 of 23rd June 2009).

j.    Increase of daily meal allowance of Rs. 200.44 and Rs. 182.25 paid to the Officers and other rankers of the Three Armed Forces respectively from 1st January 2006 up to Rs. 327.99 and Rs. 298.18 respectively with effect from 01.01.2009.

k.    Commencement of the Defence Services College of the children of Service Personnel of the Three Forces and the Police and admission of 180 children annually to Grade 01 since the year 2007 and increase the number of children admitted to the Grade I of popular Government Schools on operational basis up to 7 and 5.

l.    Granting loans by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Three Forces on concessionary rate of interest in addition to above benefits provided by the Public Sector, opening of welfare shops to purchase essential items on concessionary rates, on the basis of recovering such loans from their wages, providing of essential items such as wheel chairs, mattresses, special beds and crutches to the disabled War Heroes and providing of interest free loans by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence for construction of their houses.

m.    Holding of Montessori Schools in the camps for the children of War Heroes of the Three Forces, opening of Fixed Deposit bank accounts/granting scholarships and providing medical assistance to the children of deceased/missing War Heroes.


(ii)    The number of houses been built and given to the Armed Force personnel in 2008 and in 2009 to date:

Answer:

During the relevant period more than 40 houses have been granted free of charge to the service personnel by the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Three Services, Army Additional Welfare Directorate and the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence. Out of the 1509 houses which are being constructed under the Ipalogama War Heroes Housing Project, 232 houses have being fully completed under the first stage and 625 houses under the second stage have been allocated for the Army personnel. Arrangements have been made to provide 261 houses for the Navy personnel and 325 houses of Air Force personnel before the end of this year.


(iii)    Whether these houses were given free of charge?

Answer:

No.


(iv)    If not so, the payment terms; and

Answer:

The value of a house is Fourteen Hundred Thousand Rupees. Out of this Six Hundred Thousand Rupees will be incurred by the “Api Wenuwen Api” fund. The balance Eight Hundred Thousand Rupees will be recovered from the monthly salary (without interest) of the War Heroes on installment basis (within a period of 10 years to 25 years).


(v)    The names of the heroic forces personnel who received these housing benefits.

Answer:

Submitted as annexures.


c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not applicable.

Oral Questions - Wednesday 23rd September 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Wednesday 23rd September 2009



1.    0007/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Export Development and International Trade –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of overseas trips that the Minister of Export Development and International Trade had undertaken for the last three years;

(ii)    the countries visited; and

(iii)    the total cost of each trip along with the tickets and hotel charges separately?


(b)    Will he state –

(i)    the number of persons accompanied;

(ii)    their names and the cost incurred on them separately; and

(iii)    the main reason for each overseas trip?


(c)    Will he also state –

(i)    the budgeted allowance; and

(ii)    the supplementary expenditure provided for such trips


(d)    If not, why?


2.    0294/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs, –

(a)    Is he aware that every country had to make a claim for its sea bed rights before the 15th of May, 2009?


(b)    Will he inform this House whether the Ministry has done so?


(c)    If so, will he table the request made to the relevant International Body?


(d)    Will he further state –

(i)    the new territory claimed in square kilometers; and

(ii)    the date that it would get officially ratified by the United Nations or the relevant World Body?


(e)    If not, why?

Oral Questions - Thursday 6th August

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 6th August 2009



1.    0058/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Land and Land Development, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the total extent of land available in the Northern Province and the Eastern Province under the control of Central Government or provincial councils?


(b)    Will he state for the Northern Province and Eastern Province separately –

(i)    the lands given to foreigners (Name the Country of his domicile), Companies and individual; and

(ii)    the terms and conditions, value and the period it is been given out?


(c)    Will he state –

(i)    the names of entities owned by the Government which are now being handed over, transferred or leased out to the private sector along with the conditions that have been stipulated;

(ii)    the period for which those are being given out; and

(iii)    the value of the contract?


(d)    If not, why?




2.    0063/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation, –

(a)    Is he aware that benefits had been given to air crafts and ships for registering in Sri Lanka on budget, which came into operation on 01.01.2008?


(b)    Will he inform this House—

(i)    separately, the ships and aircrafts that were registered up to 31.12.2007;

(ii)    separately, the ships and aircrafts that were registered after the benefits given;

(iii)    the loss of revenue in doing so; and

(iv)    the benefits we have accrued owing to the benefits of registering for ‘Flag of Convenience’?


(c)    Will he state—

(i)    the names of the owners and their shareholders of the ships and aircrafts that were registered after the benefits been given; and

(ii)    the reason for not been able to attract more than this level of progress?


(d)    If not, why?

Oral Questions - Thursday 23rd July 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 23rd July 2009



1.    0011/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning,–

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    all the direct and indirect taxes in operation as of today; and

Answer:

Direct Taxes
Income Tax, Economic Service Charge, Stamp Duty, Debit Tax, Betting and Gaming Levy, Land Transfer Tax and Licence Tax.

Indirect Taxes
Value Added Tax, Excise Duty, Excise (Special Provisions) Duty, Import Duty, Export Duty, Cess Levy, Ports and Airport Development Levy, Regional Infrastructure Development Levy, Social Responsibility Levy, Special Commodity Levy, Share Transaction Levy and Nation Building Tax.


(ii)    the rupee value of the impact of the tax using rates as of today?

Answer:

Tax Revenue – Item: Income Tax
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 42,760

Tax Revenue – Item: Stamp Duty
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 1,105

Tax Revenue – Item: Debit Tax
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 2,383

Tax Revenue – Item: Betting and Gaming Tax
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 22

Tax Revenue – Item: Share Transaction Levy
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 83

Tax Revenue – Item: Licence Taxes
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 1,051

Tax Revenue – Item: Value Added Tax
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 54,021

Tax Revenue – Item: Excise Duty
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 9,300

Tax Revenue – Item: Excise (Special Provisions) Duty
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 16,415

Tax Revenue – Item: Import Duty
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 20,598

Tax Revenue – Item: Export Duty
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 47

Tax Revenue – Item: Cess Levy
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 8,513

Tax Revenue – Item: Ports and Airports Development Levy
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 9,843

Tax Revenue – Item: Social Responsibility Levy
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 955

Tax Revenue – Item: Regional Infrastructure Development Levy
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 203

Tax Revenue – Item: Special Commodity Levy
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 7,293

Tax Revenue – Item: Nation Building Tax
1st Quarter 2009 – Up to 30.04.09 (Rs. Million): 2,492


(b)    Will he state separately –

(i)    all the taxes imposed on rice, sugar, dhal, milk powder, wheat flour, petrol, diesel and kerosene oil, canned fish, onions, electricity and bank loan as of today; and

Answer:

As at 31st May 2009

Item: Rice
Custom Duty: Rs. 20/- per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Sugar
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Rs. 16/- per kg.
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Dhal
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Rs. 16/- per kg.
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Chick Peas
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Rs. 35/- per kg.
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Milk Powder
Custom Duty: Rs. 125/- However a waiver is granted for the excess amount over 125/-
Value Added Tax (VAT): 12%
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Wheat Flour
Custom Duty: 15% or Rs. 16/- per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: 5%
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Petrol
Custom Duty: Rs. 35/- per litre (Rs. 10/- VAT Exemption has been given)
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: 15%
Cess: Nil
Excise: Rs. 25/- per litre
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Diesel
Custom Duty: Rs. 15/- per litre
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: 15%
Cess: Nil
Excise: Rs. 2.50 per litre
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Kerosene Oil
Custom Duty: Exempt
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: 15%
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Canned Fish
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Rs. 85/- per kg.
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Red Onions
Custom Duty: Rs. 5/- per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 5%
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): 1.5%
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Big Onions
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Rs. 25/- per kg.
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Electricity
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil

Item: Bank Loans
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy (SRL): Nil
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Cess: Nil
Excise: Nil
Special Commodity Levy: Nil
Nation Building Levy: Nil


(ii)    a comparison of those figures as at –
§    15th August, 1994
§    15th December, 2001
§    2nd April, 2004
§    1st December, 2005
§    to-date?

Answer:

1994 August

Item: Rice
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Sugar
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: 5%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Dhal
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Milk Powder
Custom Duty: 20%
Business Turnover Tax: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Wheat Flour
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: 5%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Petrol
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: 20%
Excise Duty: Rs. 7/- per litre

Item: Diesel
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: 5%
Excise Duty: Rs. 1/- per litre

Item: Kerosene Oil
Custom Duty: 10%
Business Turnover Tax: 5%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Canned Fish
Custom Duty: 10%
Business Turnover Tax: Nil
Excise Duty: 5%

Item: Big Onions
Custom Duty: 35%
Business Turnover Tax: 20%
Excise Duty: 10%

Item: Electricity
Custom Duty: Nil
Business Turnover Tax: 5%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Bank Loans
Custom Duty: Nil
Business Turnover Tax: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil


December 2001

Item: Rice
Custom Duty: 35%
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Sugar
Custom Duty: Rs. 3.50 per kg.
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Dhal
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Milk Powder
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Wheat Flour
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Petrol
Custom Duty: 25%
Excise Duty: Rs. 24/- per litre
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Diesel
Custom Duty: 25%
Excise Duty: Rs. 4/- per litre
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Kerosene Oil
Custom Duty: 25%
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Canned Fish
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Big Onions
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil

Item: Electricity
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): 12.5%

Item: Bank Loans
Custom Duty: Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Goods and Services Tax (GST): Nil


2004 April

Item: Rice
Custom Duty: Rs. 9/- per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Sugar
Custom Duty: Rs. 4.50 per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Dhal
Custom Duty: 3%
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Milk Powder
Custom Duty: 27.50%
Value Added Tax (VAT): No Charge
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Wheat Flour
Custom Duty: 12%
Value Added Tax (VAT): No Charge
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Petrol
Custom Duty: Exempt
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Rs. 20/- per litre

Item: Diesel
Custom Duty: Exempt
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Rs. 2.50 per litre

Item: Kerosene Oil
Custom Duty: Exempt
Value Added Tax (VAT): No Charge
Excise Duty: Rs. 1.25 per litre

Item: Canned Fish
Custom Duty: 16%
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Big Onions
Custom Duty: Rs. 8/- per kilo
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Electricity
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Excise Duty: Nil

Item: Bank Loans
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Excise Duty: Nil


2005 December

tem: Rice
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Custom Duty: Rs. 9/- per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Sugar
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Custom Duty: Rs. 4.50 per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Dhal
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Custom Duty: 3%
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Milk Powder
Import Duty Surcharge: 10%
Custom Duty: 28%
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Wheat Flour
Import Duty Surcharge: 10%
Custom Duty: 15%
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Petrol
Import Duty Surcharge: 10%
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Rs. 20/- per litre
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Diesel
Import Duty Surcharge: 10%
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Rs. 2.50 per litre
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.255

Item: Kerosene Oil
Import Duty Surcharge: 10%
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Exempt
Excise Duty: Rs. 1.25 per litre
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Canned Fish
Import Duty Surcharge: 10%
Custom Duty: 15%
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.255

Item: Big Onions
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Custom Duty: Rs. 10/- per kg.
Value Added Tax (VAT): 5%
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): 1.5%
Social Responsibility Levy: 0.25%

Item: Electricity
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): 15%
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy: Nil

Item: Bank Loans
Import Duty Surcharge: Nil
Custom Duty: Nil
Value Added Tax (VAT): Nil
Excise Duty: Nil
Cess: Nil
Ports and Airport Development Levy (PAL): Nil
Social Responsibility Levy: Nil



(c)    Will he also state the resource value of the impact of the tax using rates as at today?



(d)    If not, why?




2.    0012/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation, –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the date that the Mihin Air was incorporated;

Answer:

26th October 2006


(ii)    the date it had the first commercial flight; and

Answer:

24th April 2007


(iii)    names of the Directors of Mihin Air from the inception to date?

Answer:

Mr. Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksha – Resigned with effect from 30th May 2008
Mr. Sajin De Vass Gunawardena – Resigned with effect from 29th May 2008
Mr. Lalith Weeratunga – Resigned with effect from 30th May 2008
Mr. Surendra Ediriweera – Resigned with effect from 2nd December 2008
Air Marshall W.D.R.M.J. Goonathilake
Mr. Chandana Liyanapatabendy
Dr. Ranepura Hewage Samantha Samaratunga
Mr. Raja Edirisuriya – Appointed with effect from 8th September 2008
Mr. Arumadura Sarath De Silva – Appointed with effect from 8th September 2008
Mr. Hemal Talgaswatte – Appointed with effect from 8th September 2008
Mr. Kapila Chandrasena – Appointed with effect from 2nd December 2008
Nishantha Wickremasinghe – Appointed with effect from 12th May 2009



(b)    Will he state per person and per year basis the emoluments, tickets used on Mihin Airline, tickets paid for on the other air lines and any other perks given to each person?

Answer:

Only Mr. Sajin De Vass Gunawardena drew emoluments and other Directors did not draw any emoluments from the Company.

Mr. S.V. Gunawardena – Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

January 2007 – December 2007
Rs. 450,000/- per month x 12 = Rs. 5,400,000/- per annum

January 2008 – April 2008
Rs. 450,000/- per month x 04 = Rs. 1,800,000/-

Total – Rs. 7,200,000/- + a Vehicle maintained by the Company and Fuel


Tickets used on Mihin Lanka flights by Directors were tabled.


Tickets paid on other Airlines for Directors were tabled.


Directors of Mihin Lanka did not draw any other perks.


(c)    Will he also state –

(i)    any other benefits given and has to be given; and

Answer:

No other benefits were given or has been given.


(ii)    the total Net Profit and Gross Profit per month from the date it was operated?

Answer:

A document containing the Total Net Profit and Gross Profit of Mihin Lanka for the period 01.04.2007 to 31.03.2008 was tabled.

Financial Audit for the year ended 2008/2009 is in progress.


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise




3.    0064/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Industrial Development, –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of salt producing companies in Sri Lanka;

Answer:

Mainly there are four Salt producing companies in Sri Lanka.

Lanka Salt Limited
Puttalam Salt Limited
Puttalam Salt Production Welfare Society Limited
Mantai Salt Limited


(ii)    their locations and production capacity; and

Answer:

Name of Company: Lanka Salt Limited
Location: Hambantota Maha Lewaya, Bundala Saltern, Palatupana Salterns
Production Capacity (Metric Tons): 80,000 approximately

Name of Company: Puttalam Salt Limited
Location: Palavi (Puttalam)
Production Capacity (Metric Tons): 25,000

Name of Company: Puttalam Salt Productions Welfare Society Limited
Location: Mannar Road, Puttalam
Production Capacity (Metric Tons): 30,000 approximately

Name of Company: Mantai Salt Limited
Location: Mannar Saltern, Chemmani Saltern
Production Capacity (Metric Tons): 4,600



(iii)    the names of the owners of these companies?

Answer:

Name of the Company: Lanka Salt Limited
Names of the Owners:
Employee Trust Fund Board – 90%,
Employees of Lanka Salt Limited – 10%

Name of the Company: Puttalam Salt Limited
Names of the Owners:
Gampaha District Co-operative Rural Bank Society
Wayamba Co-operative Society
Raigam Marketing Services
Pan Serendib Private Limited
Central Province Co-operative Rural Bank Society
Sri Lanka Consumer Co-operative Society Foundation Limited
Minority Shareholders (0.1%)

Name of the Company: Puttalam Salt Production Welfare Society Limited
Names of the Owners:
369 members of Puttalam Salt Production Welfare Society hold ownership

Name of the Company: Mantai Salt Limited
Names of the Owners:
It is a 100% Government owned Company coming under the purview of the Ministry of Industrial Development.


(b)    Will he state –

(i)    the demand of salt in Sri Lanka for the last 20 years per year basis;

Answer:

Year: 1999
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 90,248

Year: 2000
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 94,282

Year: 2001
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 170,901

Year: 2002
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 127,363

Year: 2003
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 116,685

Year: 2004
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 125,610

Year: 2005
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 119,634

Year: 2006
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 123,578

Year: 2007
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 135,922

Year: 2008
Demand per metric ton (Approximately): 186,306


(ii)    the total import of salt to Sri Lanka for the last 10 years per year basis; and

Answer:

As per the details supplied by the Sri Lanka Customs, the total import of Salt to Sri Lanka for the last 09 years are given below.

Year: 2000
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 5,595.4

Year: 2001
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 23,608.6

Year: 2002
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 9,264.5

Year: 2003
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 7,341.1

Year: 2004
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 6,862.7

Year: 2005
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 5,140.5

Year: 2006
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 6,274.3

Year: 2007
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 8,922.4

Year: 2008
Quantity of Importation of Salt (Metric Tons): 49,617.4


(iii)    the rupee value of above imports for the last 5 years?

Answer:

The Rupee value of the above Imports for the last five years

Year: 2004
Value of Importation of Salt (Rs. Million): 40.90

Year: 2005
Value of Importation of Salt (Rs. Million): 33.3

Year: 2006
Value of Importation of Salt (Rs. Million): 45.1

Year: 2007
Value of Importation of Salt (Rs. Million): 66.6

Year: 2008
Value of Importation of Salt (Rs. Million): 381.0



(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise

Oral Questions - Wednesday 22nd July 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Wednesday 22nd July 2009




1.    0008/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Tourism, –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of overseas trips that the Minister of Tourism had undertaken for the last three years;

Answer:

2006 – 07
2007 – 06
2008 - 07


(ii)    the countries visited; and

(iii)    the total cost of each trip along with the tickets and hotel charges separately?

Answer:

2006

Country/Countries: Nepal, Kathmandu
Cost of Ticket: -
Hotel Charges: 39,617.25
Total Cost for the Tour: 39,617.25

Country/Countries: Indonesia
Cost of Ticket: 145,314.00
Hotel Charges: 150,269.00
Total Cost for the Tour: 295,583.00

Country/Countries: Germany, Hungary, Austria, Sweden
Cost of Ticket: 190,000.00
Hotel Charges: 411,257.00
Total Cost for the Tour: 601,257.00

Country/Countries: United States of America
Cost of Ticket: Free
Hotel Charges: 179,271.50
Total Cost for the Tour: 179,271.50

Country/Countries: China
Cost of Ticket: 204,310.00
Hotel Charges: 278,813.84
Total Cost for the Tour: 483,123.84

Country/Countries: United Kingdom
Cost of Ticket: Free
Hotel Charges: 360,779.52
Total Cost for the Tour: 360,779.52

Country/Countries: Thailand
Cost of Ticket: 52,400.00
Hotel Charges: 87,855.00
Total Cost for the Tour: 140,255.00

2007

Country/Countries: Israel
Cost of Ticket: 199,653.00
Hotel Charges: 38,616.90
Total Cost for the Tour: 238,269.90

Country/Countries: Iran
Cost of Ticket: 116,907.00
Hotel Charges: 21,546.03
Total Cost for the Tour: 138,453.03

Country/Countries: South Korea
Cost of Ticket: 344,900.00
Hotel Charges: 74,070.26
Total Cost for the Tour: 418,970.26

Country/Countries: China
Cost of Ticket: Free
Hotel Charges: 57,750.00
Total Cost for the Tour: 57,750.00

Country/Countries: Germany, United Kingdom
Cost of Ticket: 388,000.00
Hotel Charges: 148,682.03
Total Cost for the Tour: 536,682.03

Country/Countries: France
Cost of Ticket: 322,800.00
Hotel Charges: 177,450.00
Total Cost for the Tour: 500,250.00

2008

Country/Countries: India
Cost of Ticket: 127,900.00
Hotel Charges: 68,929.77
Total Cost for the Tour: 196,919.77

Country/Countries: United States of America
Cost of Ticket: 419,400.00
Hotel Charges: 226,899.40
Total Cost for the Tour: 646,299.40

Country/Countries: England, Norway
Cost of Ticket: 346,711.00
Hotel Charges: 140,883.89
Total Cost for the Tour: 487,594.89

Country/Countries: United States of America
Cost of Ticket: 470,500.00
Hotel Charges: 166,866.73
Total Cost for the Tour: 638,366.73

Country/Countries: United Kingdom, Iran
Cost of Ticket: 373,000.00
Hotel Charges: 189,400.00
Total Cost for the Tour: 562,400.00

Country/Countries: India
Cost of Ticket: 408,019.00
Hotel Charges: 85,783.09
Total Cost for the Tour: 493,802.09

Country/Countries: Singapore
Cost of Ticket: 114,200.00
Hotel Charges: 79,110.66
Total Cost for the Tour: 193,310.66


(b)    Will he state –

(i)    the number of persons accompanied;

(ii)    their names and the cost incurred on them separately; and

(iii)    the main reason for each overseas trip?

Answer:

2006

Late Hon. Anura Bandaranaike

Country: Nepal/Kathmandu. Indonesia
No. of Persons: 03
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Gamini Gunaratne – Rs. 287,236.53
Mr. R.D. De Soysa – Rs. 256,796.87
Mr. R. Katawalage – Rs. 256,796.87

Purpose of Trip:
To attend BIMST-EC – Tourism Ministers Workshop

Country: Germany, Hungary, Austria, Sweden
No. of Persons: 02
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. A.H.M. Onais – Rs. 428,766.00
Mr. Gamini Gunaratne – Rs. 428,766.00

Purpose of Trip:
To attend ITB Travel Fair, UTAZAS Travel Fair, Tour Operator and Media Meeting, TUT Travel Fair.

Country: United States of America
No. of Persons: 02
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Gamini Gunaratne – Rs. 159,029.00
Mr. A.H.M. Onais – Rs. 148,629.00

Purpose of Trip:
Take part at the Global Travel and Tourism Summit

Country: China
No. of Persons: 02
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Gamini Gunaratne – Rs. 184,092.30
Mr. Madhava Perera – Rs. 169,768.00

Purpose of Trip:
To attend UNWTO Conference

Country: United Kingdom
No. of Persons: 01
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Gamini Gunaratne – Rs. 192,150.40

Purpose of Trip:
To attend the Refreshingly Sri Lanka Food Promotion as Chief Guest

Country: Thailand
No. of Persons: 02
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. A.H.M. Onais

Purpose of Trip:
To attend a meeting with the Travel Press

2007

Hon. Milinda Moragoda

Country: Israel
No. of Persons: 01
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Dilip Mudadeniya – Nil

Purpose of Trip:
To attend an Official meeting on the invitation of the Government of Israel.

Country: Iran
No. of Persons: 02
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Palihakkara – Rs. 20,059.88
Mr. Gamini Godakanda – Rs. 135,760.00

Purpose of Trip:
To make necessary preparations for His Excellency the President’s Official visit to Iran to have bilateral negotiations with the Iranian counterparts.

Country: South Korea, China, Germany, United Kingdom, France
No. of Persons: Nil
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Nil

Purpose of Trip:
South Korea –
To explore the possibilities available for promotion of Tourism between the two countries.

China –
To attend the celebrations of the 50th Diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka

Germany, United Kingdom –
To take part at the ITB Travel Fair

France –
Attend re-launch in French Market.

2008

Country: India, United States of America, England, Norway
No. of Persons: Nil
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Nil

Purpose of Trip:
India –
Attend Confederation of India Industry Partner Summit

United States of America –
Bilateral visit connected with the Minister’s additional responsibilities in terms of the appointment letter dated 29th March 2008 on “Co-ordination of External Defence Matters” made by His Excellency the President.

To have discussions with the World Bank to arrange the US$ 20.0 Million Loan package for tourism development which is now being finalized for signing agreements.

England, Norway –
To attend promotional events.

To work out a consultancy support project with the Commonwealth Secretariat in the event the New Tourism Act was promulgated in 2007 and the new Institutional infrastructure was being set-up.

Country: United Kingdom, Iran
No. of Persons: 03
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. K.A.D. George Michael – Rs. 68,477.00
Mr. Renton De Alwis – Rs. 573,672.00
Mr. Dileep Mudadeniya – Rs. 631,751.00

Purpose of Trip:
To attend the World Travel Market 2008 Travel Fair and meet Travel Agents in Iran.

Country: India
No. of Persons: 02
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Mr. Renton De Alwis – Rs. 212,000.00
Mr. Amal Gunathilake – Rs. 212,000.00

Purpose of Trip:
A visit to Gujarat on an invitation extended by Chief Minister

Country: Singapore
No. of Persons: Nil
Name of Persons & Total Cost Incurred:
Nil

Purpose of Trip:
To arrange with the Singapore Tourism Authorities a Bench Mark Project financed by Commonwealth Secretariat for Sri Lanka Tourism for which an official delegation is scheduled to go to Singapore soon.

To attend session with Tourism Promoters in Singapore


(c)    Will he also state –

(i)    the budgeted allowance; and

Answer:

For Hon. Minister and Hon. Deputy Minister
2006 – 3,000,000.00
2007 – 3,000,000.00
2008 – 3,000,000.00

(ii)    the supplementary expenditure provided for such trips?

Answer:

Not applicable.


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise.




2.    0009/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation, –

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of dry lease and wet lease aircrafts being used by Mihin Air;

Answer:

One Dry Lease Aircraft and One Wet Lease Aircraft are been used by Mihin Lanka (Pvt) Limited


(ii)    whether they were selected through a tender process;

Answer:

No.


(iii)    if so, names of the companies quoted and the selection process; and

Answer:

Not Applicable


(iv)    the person who decided that?

Answer:

Not Applicable



(b)    Will he state –

(i)    the cost being charged per month from dry or wet lease basis;

Answer:

Airbus A320 – Fixed monthly installment is US$ 300,000 (Wet Lease)

Fokker F27-500 – Fixed monthly installment is US$ 21,500 (Dry Lease)
(Dry Lease Aircraft used only for the Regulatory requirement)

Monthly cost is variable to the rate of the US$.


(ii)    whether the interviews were held;

Answer:

No.


(iii)    the Panel and their recommendation for the final selection approved by the auditors;

Answer:

Not Applicable


(iv)    the number of staff members, working;

Answer:

Number of Staff as at 1st June 2009 was 156


(v)    their salary scales and the impact to the company, per month basis;

Answer:

Salary Scale (Rs.): 0 – 25,000
No. of Staff: 118
Total Amount (Rs.): 1,952,000.00

Salary Scale (Rs.): 25,001 – 50,000
No. of Staff: 16
Total Amount (Rs.): 552,500.00

Salary Scale (Rs.): 50,001 – 75,000
No. of Staff: 08
Total Amount (Rs.): 450,000.00

Salary Scale (Rs.): 75,001 – 100,000
No. of Staff: 07
Total Amount (Rs.): 645,000.00

Salary Scale (Rs.): 100,001 – 125,000
No. of Staff: Nil
Total Amount (Rs.): Nil

Salary Scale (Rs.): 125,001 – 150,000
No. of Staff: 3
Total Amount (Rs.): 450,000.00

Salary Scale (Rs.): 150,001 – 175,000
No. of Staff: Nil
Total Amount (Rs.): Nil

Salary Scale (Rs.): 175,001 – 200,000
No. of Staff: Nil
Total Amount (Rs.): Nil

Salary Scale (Rs.): 200,001 – 225,000
No. of Staff: Nil
Total Amount (Rs.): Nil

Salary Scale (Rs.): 225,001 – 250,000
No. of Staff: 02
Total Amount (Rs.): 500,000.00

Salary Scale (Rs.): 250,001 and above
No. of Staff: 2
Total Amount (Rs.): 700,000.00

Total No. of Staff – 156
Total Amount paid as Salary (Rs.) – 5,249,500.00

Almost 76% of the employees are drawing less than Rs. 25,000.00 per month. Further, during the non-operational period most of the high salaried employees have taken a salary reduction. Hence impact is minimal.


(vi)    the accounts of the Mihin Air to-date;

Answer:

Mihin Lanka did not operate its Flights during the period of 30th April 2008 to 1st January 2009. Accordingly, A Financial Statement of Mihin Lanka for the period ending 31st March 2008 was tabled.

Financial Audit for the year ended 2008/2009 is in progress.


(vii)    the date and the amount transferred to Mihin Air from the Government;

Answer:

Rs. 250.0 Million were transferred for Mihin Lanka from the Government on 15th December 2006.

(viii)    the Head that the money transferred from and the date that the Parliament approved the payment; and

Answer:

From Head 240-02-02-2501-11 to Head 1-01-04-2301-11
Date: 15th December 2006.


(ix)    the Head under which, the Mihin Air got the allocation of funds in the years 2006 and 2007 through the Appropriation Acts?

Answer:

No released were made to Mihin Lanka Limited in 2006

For the year 2007 –
From Head 240-02-02-2501-11 to Head 1-01-04-2301-11



(c)    Will he submit to this House the names of the key officers of the Treasury and Mihin Air, who were involved in Mihin Air Limited financial transactions?

Answer:

Mihin Lanka is a Company incorporated under the Government Act and the financial transactions are carried by the company itself.

From the Treasury,
Secretary to Treasury
Director General of National Budget
Director General of Treasury Operations



(d)    Will he admit that the money has not been legally allocated and therefore all the officers are subjected to misuse of public funds?

Answer:

No.

The moneys were allocated strictly in terms of the Appropriation Act No. 47 of 2006.


(e)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise.




3.    0021/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition, –

(a)    Will he inform this House on yearly basis for the last 04 years to-date, the total cost of each hired vehicles to the Ministry and for any company, owned by the Ministry and the total cost spent on hired or rented office space?


(b)    Will he state for the above period –

(i)    the cost of fuel of the above usage and the same as a percentage of the total recurrent cost of the Ministry; and

(ii)    the cost per square foot for the above rented office space?


(c)    Will he inform this House the period that the building has been taken for on lease along with the advance paid as a deposit?


(d)    If not, why?


Oral Questions - Tuesday 21st July 2009

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To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Tuesday 21st July 2009



1.    0075/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning, –

(a)    Will he inform this House on yearly basis from 2006 to 2009 all the loans taken in dollar terms or equivalent in dollar terms which the interest is greater than 3% along with the name of the lender?

Answer:

All loans taken in dollar terms or equivalent in dollar terms which the interest is greater than 3% along with the name of the lender from 2006 to 2009 are given in Annexure I, which was tabled.


(b)    Will he state –

(i)    the total liability, interest and capital shown separately from 2006 to 2015 on per year basis;

Answer:

Total domestic and foreign debt service payments (Amortisation and interest) are given in Table I below.

Table 1: Debt Service Payments 2006 – 2015* (Rs. Million)

Year: 2006
Capital Amortisation: 293,525
Interest: 150,777
Total: 444,302

Year: 2007
Capital Amortisation: 317,834
Interest: 182,681
Total: 500,515

Year: 2008
Capital Amortisation: 380,330
Interest: 212,475
Total: 592,804

Year: 2009
Capital Amortisation: 492,146
Interest: 253,288
Total: 745,434

Year: 2010
Capital Amortisation: 406,908
Interest: 177,076
Total: 583,984

Year: 2011
Capital Amortisation: 264,605
Interest: 138,527
Total: 403,131

Year: 2012
Capital Amortisation: 271,826
Interest: 121,867
Total: 393,692

Year: 2013
Capital Amortisation: 254,959
Interest: 88,276
Total: 342,235

Year: 2014
Capital Amortisation: 68,577
Interest: 27,499
Total: 96,077

Year: 2015
Capital Amortisation: 98,839
Interest: 24,354
Total: 123,193

Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

*Data from 2006 to 2008 are actual data and from 2009 to 2015 are based on the existing Debt Stock as at end 2008.


(ii)    the Government revenue for each year from 2006 to 2009; and

Answer:

Details are given in Table II as indicated below.

Year: 2006
Revenue: 477,833

Year: 2007
Revenue: 565,051

Year: 2008*
Revenue: 655,259

Year: 2009**
Revenue: 854,999

Source: Central Bank of Sri Lanka

*Provisional
**Approved estimate in the original budget


(iii)    the Government’s forecast for revenue for 2010 to 2015?

Answer:

Estimated Government Revenue (Rs. Million)

Year: 2010
Revenue: 894,202

Year: 2011
Revenue: 1,092,926

Year: 2012
Revenue: 1,311,512

Year: 2013
Revenue: 1,586,929

Year: 2013
Revenue: 1,904,315

Year: 2015
Revenue: 2,247,091


(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise

Oral Questions - Friday 10th July 2009

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To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Friday 10th July 2009



1.    0072/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning,—

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the date that the Colombo Consumer Price Index was changed; and

(ii)    the items on the new Colombo Consumer Price Index?


(b)    Will he submit to this House on yearly basis to date, from the date that the Colombo Consumer Price Index was changed –

(i)    a comparison of the new Price Index with the old Price Index;

(ii)    a comparison of the inflation difference between the old and new indexes; and

(iii)    other indexes that are used to compare the inflation of the country?


(c)    If not, why?

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2.    0073/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, — To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning, –

(a)    Will he inform this House the maximum borrowing limits stipulated by Parliament from 1948 to 2000, 2000 to 2005 and separately in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009?


(b)    Will he state the amount of money borrowed locally and internationally in the above periods?


(c)    Will he also state on yearly basis from 2005 to 2009 the Government revenue that is earned to meet additional expenses?


(d)    If not, why?




3.    0074/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning, –

(a)    Will he inform this House on per year basis from 2000 to 2009, –

(i)    the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the growth rate;

(ii)    the total debt and per capita debt; and

(iii)    the work force and the inflation figures?


(b)    If not, why?

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