Parliament to debate COPE report on May 8
A special full day debate would be held in Parliament on May 8 on the
latest report of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Human
Resources Senior Minister and COPE chairman D E W Gunasekara told the
Daily News yesterday. He said that the date on this debate was agreed at
the party leaders’ meeting held recently. He said that when tabling the
COPE report he promised to facilitate an extensive debate on its content
and its recommendations.
The latest COPE report was tabled in Parliament in December last year
after probing audit reports of 229 public enterprises. It has also
provided recommendations on the smooth functioning of those
The public institutions were categorized into four sections by COPE,
namely, those functioning profitably, those functioning at break-even,
those with dwindling revenue and those running at a loss.
The report has also highlighted the need for more power to the COPE
committee, including powers to summon former Heads of state-run
institutions to inquire about the issues during their tenure of service.
Parliamentarians would be able to present their opinions and suggestions
and to ask for clarifications on the findings of the COPE during the
debate. The minister also said that the probing into the public
enterprises for the year 2012 is now in progress.