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COMMITTEE OF SELECTION: REPORT [Col. 265]

EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN CEYLON AND U. K. re
U. K. SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN CEYLON [Col. 266]
PRIZE COMPETITIONS BILL-FIRST READING [Col. 268]
GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S SPEECH

DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS [Fourth Day]
Debate concluded.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Wednesday, 19th June, 1957

The House met at 10 a.m., MR. SPEAKER [THE HON. H. S. ISMAIL, M.B.E.] in the Chair.

COMMITTEE OF SELECTION :
REPORT

Mr. Speaker: I present the

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The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike: This is the conclusion of the negotiations carried on between the Government of the United Kingdom for the

following Report of the Committee of handing over of the Naval Base at Selection :

"Your Committee have, in accordance with Standing Order No. 122, considered the number, functions and constitution (including quorum) of Legislative Standing Committees and report to the House their opinions thereon as follows:

(a) That there shall be two Legisla

tive Standing Committees
designated Standing Committee
"A" and Standing Committee
"B".

(b) That the functions of the Com-
mittees shall be to consider
Bills allocated to them by
Mr. Speaker under Standing
Order No. 57.

(c) That each Committee shall con-
sist of thirty Members and that
Mr. Speaker be empowered to
add not
more than seven
additional Members to serve on
the Committee during the
consideration of any particular
Bill.

(d) That seven Members shall form
a quorum ".

Trincomalee and the air staging post of Katunayake.

These will be formally handed over to the Government of CeylonTrincomalee on 15th October and Katunayake on 1st November.

We have agreed that certain facilities which it is impossible for them to run down immediately may be continued for a few years.

Most of them will cease in two or three years but one or two may go on for five years-at the end of which all those facilities will cease. They have a good deal of oil and also ammunition dumps in Trincomalee which they cannot shift at once, and certain communication and landing facilities at Katunayake.

As regards the financial arrangements, all their establishments were assessed by them at a figure of very nearly Rs. 10,000,000. We came to an arrangement with them to take them over-except two or three

Ordered that the said Report do lie things which we do not want-for

upon the Table.

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Rs. 22,000,000, to be paid by five annual instalments of Rs. 4,400,000.

Mr. C. Suntharalingam (Vavuniya) Wattikariya transaction!

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike: Oh, get out

Mr. Suntharalingam : Get out yourself!

The Hon. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike: Shut up!

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additional Members to serve on the Committee during the consideration of any particular Bill;

That seven Members be the quorum of each Committee."-[Hon. C. P. de Silva.]

GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S
SPEECH

DEBATE ON THE ADDRESS
[FOURTH DAY]

Order read for resuming Adjourned Debate on Amendments [17th and 18th June] to Question [13th June.]

"That this House do present the following Address to His Excellency the Governor-General in reply to His Speech :

May it please Your Excellency, We, the Members of the House of Representatives, thank Your Excellency for the Speech with which you have been pleased to open Parliament. We assure Your Excellency that we shall give our attention to all matters placed before us.'' -[Gate Mudaliyar Kariapper.]

Which Amendments were, at the end of the Question, to add :

"But regret.

(1) that though Your Excellency's Speech was appropriately made first in Sinhalese, the language of the majority of the Ceylonese, and was also made in English, which is understood at best by no more than one-tenth of the people of Ceylon, it was not made in Tamil also, the language of over one-fifth of the people of Ceylon; (2) that especially in the context of heightened communal tension in the country no legislative proposals are announced to remove the just grievances of the Tamilspeaking people in respect of language;

(3) that no mention has been made of granting of political rights to Government servants, not even to workers employed in Government industrial and enterprises further that even the trade union rights to be conceded to public servants are incomplete ;

(4) that no reference whatsoever has

been made to the repealing of the Public Security Act, although the undertaking given in Your Excellency's Speech of 1956 that the Government would amend or repeal all repressive legislation has not been carried out;

(5) the continued failure to announce compensation for all hartal victims ;

(6) that the proposed bill to nationalise the omnibus services is not ready and that no mention is made of the rights of the workers engaged in these concerns or that they will be brought into the management of the enterprises after nationalisation;

(7) the failure to mention the nationalisation of plantations, or of banks, or of insurance companies, or of the import and export trade, which measures are indispensable for the planned development of the country's economy;

(8) the failure to announce concrete measures for the abolition of the ande system of tenure in relation to paddy cultivation;

(9) that no mention is made of legislation to ensure security of service for employees;

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(12) that no concrete plans are proposed to meet the growing unemployment in the country;

(13) that the announced plans for dealing with the problem of the so-called stateless persons of Indian origin offer no promise whatever of a satisfactory solution of this problem; and

(14) that there is no announcement of any intention to withdraw the Essential Services Order relating to the Port of Colombo."[Mr. Leslie Goonewardene.]

"While welcoming the progressive orientation of Your Excellency's Government in external relations, its extension of democracy and the general measures of economic development and social amelioration indicated in Your Excellency's Speech, we nevertheless regret that the Speech

(i) does not show that Your Excellency's Government has yet evolved a plan of economic development which can inspire, bring together and mobilise the progressive forces of the country or that it will take appropriate steps to improve the present machinery for planning by including in the planning bodies representatives of people's organizations in Ceylon and experts from abroad with experience of planning under Asian conditions ;

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