REPORT ON THE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT SALARIES (AMENDMENT SCHEDULE) REGULATIONS, 2019
THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON THE PRIME MINISTERS’ MINISTRIES AND DEPARTMENTS,GOVERNANCE, FOREIGN RELATIONS AND INFORMATION CLUSTER
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The Members of Parliament Salaries (Amendment of Schedule) Regulations, 2019 were tabled by the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs before the House on Friday, 22nd March, 2019. Pursuant to Standing Order No. 100 (3), the Subordinate Law was referred to the Portfolio Committee on the Prime Minister’s Ministries and Departments Cluster for consideration.
The Ministry of Public Service was subsequently invited to provide the Committee with all the necessary information pertaining to the policy context, financial implications, contents and effects of the Regulations as per Standing Order No. 101 (2).
The report presents a summary of the Committee’s deliberations on the Regulations and its recommendation for consideration by the House.
- MINISTERIAL BRIEF ON THE SUBORDINATE LAW
The Ministry of Public Service clarified that the Members of Parliament Salaries (Amendment of Schedule) Regulations, 2019 were supposed to have been enacted on the 1st April, 2017. It was further explained that the delay to legislate the said Subordinate Law was caused by the following: the budget for the year 2016/2017 was released late and the Ministers for the responsible Ministry were changed several times.
The Ministry of Public Service explained that the Subordinate Law intends to repeal Schedules 1 and 2 of the Members of Parliament Salaries (Amendment of Schedule) Regulations, 2016. It was also indicated that the Subordinate Law seeks to adjust the salaries and allowances of Members of Parliament in line with the prevailing economic status of the country.
- FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The Ministry stated that the Government has incurred additional financial costs on personal emoluments since the Regulations came into operation in 2017, but the Government spending on official travel and vehicles was reduced due to the adjustments made on the said items.
- CONSIDERATION OF THE SUBORDINATE LAW Following a comprehensive ministerial brief and taking into consideration the intended spirit of the Subordinate Law, the Committee resolved to allow all the provisions of the Regulations.
- CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS After a thorough deliberation on the Regulations and consideration of the ministerial brief, the Committee resolved to submit this report to the House for adoption and recommends that the Regulations be allowed by the House.
List of Members
- Hon. M. E. Ramakoae 2. Hon. T. L. Kibane 3. Hon. M. P. Maqelepo 4. Hon. M. B. Moakhi 5. Hon. M. Senauoane 6. Hon. M. Tsatsanyane 7. Hon. M. Fako 8. Hon. L. J. Tau 9. Hon. T. M. Molise 10. Hon. M. Phafoli 11. Hon. E. T. Litjobo 12. Hon. M. Ntlama 13. Hon. Dr. M. S. Sekatle 14. Hon. L. Hlalele 15. Hon. K. J. Moroeng 16. Hon. S.S. Peea 17. Hon. S. Monatsi 18. Hon. L. Monaheng 19. Hon. T. Monyooe 20. Hon. T. Sekata 21. Hon. T. Kalake