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Samaratunga of 83, H. L. R. Kirillapone, and 484 others praying

(i) that the increase in the price of sugar be withdrawn ;

(ii) that the rice ration be not reduced nor the price of rice increased.

We recommend that this petition be referred to the Minister of Agriculture and Food for consideration and such action as may be necessary.

18. Petition presented by Mr. S. M. Rasamanickam on 7.1.53 from Mr. V. Markandu of Thuraineelavanai, Kalmunai, ex-Village Headman, praying that he be re-instated.

22. Petition presented by Mr. C. R. Beligammana on 11.2.53 from Mr. A. C. M. Yusoof of Mawanella and 933 others praying that the recommendations made in the Lenora Report permitting the practice of the allopathy system by native doctors be not implemented.

We recommend that this petition be referred to the Minister of Health for consideration and such action as may be necessary.

Mr. 23. Petition presented by C. R. Beligammana on 11.2.53 from the Joint Secretaries of the Society of Ayurvedic Doctors, Mawanella, and 70 others praying that the recommendations in the Lenora Report permit

We recommend that this petition ting the use of Western medicine by do lie upon the Table.

19. Petition presented by Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike on 8.1.53 from Mr. S. A. Ariyadasa of Megodawewa and 18 others praying that the promise given to the Labourers' Cooperative Union that they will be allotted lands under the Huruluwewa Scheme if they developed these lands, be given effect to.

We recommend that this petition be referred to the Minister of Lands and Land Development for consideration and such action as may be

necessary.

20. Petition presented by Dr. N. M. Perera on 11.2.53 from Mr. S. M. Jinadasa of Iddagoda, Matugama, and 69 others praying that the system of giving work on estates on contract be stopped as this is the cause of a great deal of unemployment among the villagers who work on estates.

We recommend that this petition do lie upon the Table.

21. Petition presented by Mr. Henry Abeywickreme on 11.2.53 from Mr. M. D. R. Perera of Halugama, exStorekeeper, Food Control Department, praying that an inquiry be held into the reason for his discontinuance.

Ayurvedic doctors be not implemented and that the period for the receipt of applications for registration as Ayurvedic doctors be extended by 2 years.

We recommend that this petition be referred to the Minister of Health for consideration and such action as may be necessary.

24. Petition presented by Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike on 24.2.53 from Mr. A. D. Perera of Habaraduwa, ex-Postal Peon, praying for relief in view of the illegal manner in which he has been discontinued from the Public Service.

We recommend that this petition do lie upon the Table.

25. Petition presented by Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike on 24.2.53 from K. M. Punchi Bandara of Galahitiya, and 304 others praying that the rice coupons clipped from rice ration books belonging to cultivators before they have harvested their crops be returned to them.

We recommend that this petition be referred to the Minister of Agriculture and Food for consideration and such action as may be necessary.

26. Petition presented by Mr. M. W. R. de Silva on 24.2.53 from Mr. T. K. Ossen, c/o The Government Press, Colombo, praying for relief

We recommend that this petition from the notice discontinuing his do lie upon the Table.

services in the Government Press.

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ORAL ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Ceylonese Haj Pilgrims to Mecca

1. Mr. Mohamed Ali asked the Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and External Affairs: (a) Is he aware of the great difficulty experienced by Ceylonese Haj pilgrims to Mecca in obtaining passports on account of the requirement to produce birth certificates? (b) Is he aware that in most cases their births have not been registered by their parents through ignorance? (c) Will he consider easing this state of affairs by giving directions to the authorities concerned to issue passports on the the recommendation of responsible persons?

The Hon. Mr. Dudley Senanayake (Prime Minister): (a) A Ceylon passport is issuable only to persons who can prove their claim to Ceylon

citizenship. Bona fide claimants to Ceylon citizenship, who are unable to prove their claims to citizenship within the time available before undertaking their journey, are issued an identity certificate endorsed valid for return to Ceylon, without much difficulty, either on establishing the presence of their names on the voters' list or production of a letter from a responsible person known to to the department, or an affidavit from the applicants themselves, etc. (b) Does not arise. (c) Does not arise.

Moulavis: Registration as Arabic
Teachers

3. Mr. Mohamed Ali asked the Minister of Education: (a) Is he aware that a large number of Moulavis have registered themselves for appointment as Arabic teachers and that several Government schools with Muslim students are without Arabic teachers? (b) Will he consider appointing them early to these schools? (c) How many Moulavis are on the waiting list?

The Hon. Mr. M. D. Banda (Minister of Education): (a) Thirty-five Moulavis have registered themselves for appointment as Arabic teachers. A few Government schools with Muslim students are without Arabic teachers. (b) Yes. (c) As already stated, there are 35 Moulavis on the waiting list.

Mr. W. M. R. B. Ratnayake 4. Mr. Subasinghe asked the Minister of Health: (a) Is he aware that the Wages Clerk of the Kurunegala Hospital, Mr. W. M. R. B. Ratnayake, lives in a house on Crown land reserved for the hospital extension scheme; that he is the lessee of the coconut land belonging to the hospital; and that he runs a boarding house in this Crown property that is occupied by by him? (b) Have representations been made by some hospital employees to the Divisional Medical Superintendent and Medical Officer in charge against this Wages Clerk? (c) Have any inquiries been made into the allegations?

The Hon. Mr. E. A. Nugawela (Minister of Health): Mr. W. M. R. B. Ratnayake occupies a house on land acquired for hospital extension. He is not paid rent allowance and forgoes 6 per cent. of his salary.

Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike : This is the man about whom I asked a Question.

The Hon. Mr. Nugawela: He is a famous person. He has obtained a lease of the coconut trees from the Government Agent, N.-W.P., Kurunegala. He denies running a boarding house. (b) No representations have been made by hospital employees to the Medical Officer in charge, or the Divisional Medical Superintendent, against Mr. Ratnayake. (c) Does not arise in view of (b).

Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike : His whole family is there-sister, mother, and so on.

Lots 13 and 23 in P. P. 14,123 at Gurubebila Mahaedanda in Galle District

5. Mr. P. H. W. de Silva asked the Minister of Lands and Land Development: (a) Is he aware that lots 13 and 23 in P.P. 14,123 at Gurubebila Mahaedanda in the Galle District allotted to Weeraddana Lugin Nona have been given to two other persons on 5th July, 1949, although she had made her annual payments regularly till 1947, and had improved the allotments at considerable expense? On what grounds was the alienation to this allottee cancelled? (c) Will he take early steps to re-alienate these allotments to her?

(b)

The Hon. P. B. Bulankulame Dissawa (Minister of Lands and Land Development): The matter is under investigation by me. A further date is desired for the Answer.

Cattle Seizure in Gal Oya Development Area

7. Mr. Rasamanickam asked the Minister of Lands and Land Development: (a) Is he aware that the Gal Oya Development Board authorities

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Gampaha Civil Hospital: Light Construction Wards

9. Mr. S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike (on behalf of Mr. S. D. Bandaranayake) asked the Minister of Health: (a) Is he aware that there is a proposal to use the two light construction wards completed at the Gampaha Hospital as wards for tuberculosis patients? (b) Is he aware that Gampaha is a fast developing town and that if this proposal is carried out the wards would be a source of infection to the entire population in the area? (c) Will he take steps to see that these two new wards are set apart for children and maternity cases?

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Hospital, Colombo? (b) Will he consider the desirability of these nurses and attendants being given only 8 hours' work a day? (c) Will he take steps to revise the overtime paid to nurses and attendants at the General Hospital who do 12-hour night shifts?

The Hon. Mr. Nugawela: With regard to attendants: (a) Yes. (b) Yes. This question has been put up to the Salaries Commission. (c) Yes. This question has been put up to the Salaries Commission.

With regard to nurses: (a) Yes. Nurses are expected to work for 12 hours with one night 'off' a week. (b) An 8-hour day can be considered only when more nurses become available. At present owing to the acute shortage of nurses such a change is not practicable. (c) Nurses have never been paid overtime for 12-hours' duty.

Water Supply Scheme for
Kakkapalliya

13. Mr. Amaratunga (on behalf of Mr. Corea) asked the Minister of Local Government: In view of the great hardship caused to the people of Kakkapalliya area in the Chilaw District for want of even drinking water, will he take steps to expedite the proposed pipe-borne water supply scheme in order that the scheme may be completed before the end of 1953?

The Hon. Dr. C. W. W. Kannangara (Minister of Local Government): The water supply scheme to Kakkapalliya has been designed as a joint scheme for Madampe and Kakkapalliya. Working drawings by the Director of Public Works are nearing completion and it should be possible to give an estimate for the combined scheme before the end of June, 1953.

Alienation of Pallekelle Estate,
Galmuruwa

14. Mr. Amaratunga (on behalf of Mr. Corea) asked the Minister of Lands and Land Development: Will he take immediate steps to

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Mr. Panabokke: I move,

"That the Bill be now read a Second time.

As the law now stands, affidavits required to be produced in judicial proceedings have to be in the English language. As the forms laid down in the Civil Procedure Code and the Criminal Procedure Code are in the English language, affidavits produced in judicial proceedings have necessarily to be in the English language. The fact that affidavits have to be sworn in English causes inconvenience to a large section of the people who are not acquainted with the English language. Apart from that, affidavits have also to be produced in

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