Lanka looking at possibility of restoring bicameral legislature that existed prior to 1972-Prof. Peiris


Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has told Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle that Sri Lanka was discussing the possibility of bicameral legislature that existed prior to 1972, when he met the latter on Tuesday (26).

Commenting on the proposed second chamber in a legislature, Sir Hoyle has opined that the supremacy of the chamber of the elected representatives is important, and the second chamber should not be superfluous.

Minister Peiris recalling that the Sri Lankan Parliament came into being almost as an exact replica of the Westminster Parliament, stated that Sri Lanka was keen on strengthening the bonds between the two legislatures. He added that Sri Lanka was considering reforms to its legislative institutions and there was a great deal of discussion on reviving the bicameral legislature that existed prior to 1972. He asserted that about one-third of the members of the Sri Lankan Parliament were dynamic and energetic MPs below the age of 35.

Minister Prof. Peiris emphasised the need for the strengthening of the committees and more responsibilities being assigned to them.

Referring to cooperation in the context of the Commonwealth, he noted that the Commonwealth celebrated diversity and did useful work. Minister Prof. Peiris extended an invitation to Sir Lindsay Hoyle to visit Sri Lanka at a mutually convenient time.

Sir Lindsay agreed that strengthening and empowering the committees of the Parliament paved the way for proper scrutiny of the work of the Government. As regards the second chamber in a legislature, he opined that the supremacy of the chamber of the elected representatives was important, and the second chamber should not be superfluous. He agreed that the Commonwealth was a family and was about helping each other. Sir Lindsay accepted the invitation to visit Sri Lanka as soon as it was physically possible.



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