Chapter XV - COMMITTEES

Standing Committees.

128.   There shall be elected by the Assembly, as soon as may be, the following Standing Committees, for the duration of the Assembly, which shall deal with legislation relating to the Department or Departments of the Provincial Government noted against each Committee: -

 

 

S.no

Name of Standing

Committee

Name of Department / Departments

 

1

Standing Committee on

Planning & Development

 

 

 

2

Standing Committee on

Housing & Physical Planning Roads, Building.

 

 

3

Standing Committee on

Information, Sports, Culture, Tourism and  Archives, Museums & Libraries

 

 

4

Standing Committee on

Social Welfare, Women Development, Zakat, Usher, Hajj,

Minorities Affairs & Youth Affairs.

 

 

5

Standing Committee on

Home & Tribal Affairs ,Prisons & Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).

 

 

6

Standing Committee on

Health of Population Welfare

 

 

 

7

Standing Committee on

Education, Literacy & Non Formal Education, Higher Education, President Programme CDWA in Quality Education, Science & Technology and Information Technology.

 

8

Standing Committee on

Local Government, Balochistan Development Authority

(BDA), Gwadar Development Authority (GDA), BCDA and

Urban Planning, & Development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rule-128 amended vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated 18th January, 2014.

 

9

Standing Committee on

Public Health Engineering, WASA including Quetta Greater

Water Supply Project.

 

10

Standing Committee on

Irrigation & Energy, Environment and Forests & Wildlife.

 

 

11

Standing Committee on

Agriculture & Cooperative Society , Livestock, Dairy

Development, Fisheries & Food.

 

 

12

Standing Committee on

Finance, Excise & Taxation, Board of Revenue & Transport.

 

 

13

Standing Committee on

Industry, Mines & Mineral Development, Labour and Manpower.

 

 

14

Standing Committee on

S&GAD, Inter Provincial Coordination, Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Prosecution, Human Rights or any

other department not mentioned hereinabove.

 

 

                     

Composition of Standing Committees. 

129.       (1)     Each Standing Committee shall consist of ¹[seven] Members to be elected by the Assembly and the Minister ²[and Parliamentary Secretary] concerned as Member ex-officio but the Minister shall have no right of vote unless he is an elected member of the Committee.

             (2)     The Member-in-Charge of the Bill and in the case of any other matter referred to the Standing Committee, the Member who has proposed the subject or matter for reference to or study by the Committee, may attend the meeting of the Committee but shall have a right to vote only if he is an elected member of the Committee.

             (3)     The Secretary of the Department concerned or an officer (not below the rank of Deputy Secretary) designated by him in this behalf and the Law Secretary or his nominee competent to advise the Committee on legal matters including drafting shall attend the meetings of the Committee as expert advisers.

Restriction on Membership.

1. Substituted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated 18th January, 2014.

2. Inserted vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 15th August, 1985.

Rule 130 omitted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated 18th January, 2014.

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Method of election.

131.       (1)     The Members of each Committee shall be elected by the Assembly from amongst its Members in accordance with the agreement of the Leader of the House and the Leader of the Opposition and in the absence of a Leader, his deputy.

             (2)     In case there is no such agreement as is mentioned in sub-rule (1), the Members of each Committee shall be elected by the Assembly from amongst its Members according to the principle of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote in accordance with the procedure laid down in Schedule-III.

 

Chairman of a Committee.

132.       (1)     The Chairman of each Committee shall be elected by the Committee from amongst the Members of the Committee.

             (2)     If the Chairman is absent from any sitting, the Committee shall choose one of its members present to act as Chairman for that sitting.

 

Resignation of Members from the Committee. 

133.       A Member may resign his membership of the Committee by writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker and thereupon another member shall be elected to fill that vacancy.

 

Filling of casual vacancies.

134.       Casual vacancies in a Committee shall be filled, as soon as possible after they occur, by election as provided by Rule 131 and any person so elected shall hold office for the period for which the person in whose place he is elected would have held office.

Functions of Standing Committees. 

135.       (1)     A Committee shall examine a Bill or other matter referred to it by the Speaker or by the Assembly, as the case may be, and shall submit its report to the Assembly with such recommendations, including suggestions for legislation, if any, as it may deem necessary. In the case of a Bill, the Committee shall also examine whether the Bill violates, disregards or is otherwise not in accordance with the Constitution, Fundamental Rights and Principles of Policy.

             (2)     The Committee may propose amendments which will be shown in its report alongside the original provisions of the Bill, but the Committee shall have no power of preventing the Bill from coming to the Assembly.

 

             (3)     If a Committee does not present its report within the period prescribed, or the time allowed, the Bill or the matter referred to it may be considered by the Assembly without waiting for the report, upon a motion by any Member.

Reference to Standing Committees.

136.   The Assembly may, on a motion made by any Member, remit to the Standing Committee concerned any subject or matter which may be studied by that Standing Committee with a view to suggesting legislation.

Meetings of Committees.

137.       (1)     The meeting of a Committee shall be held on such day and at such hour as the Chairman of the Committee may determine.

Provided that if the Chairman of the Committee is not readily available, the Secretary may fix the date and time of a meeting.

             (2)     The meeting shall ordinarily be held at Quetta.

             (3)     On a requisition made by three members of the Committee, the Chairman shall call a meeting of the Committee within seven days from the date of receipt of the requisition.

Meeting of the Committee while the Assembly is sitting.

138.       (1)     A Committee shall not meet while the Assembly is sitting without the leave of the Speaker.

             (2)     If a Committee is meeting while the Assembly is also sitting, the Chairman of the Committee shall, if a Division is being called in the Assembly, suspend the proceedings of the Committee for such time as will, in his opinion enable the Members to vote in the Division in the Assembly.

Sitting of a Committee to be private.

139.   The meetings of the Committee shall be held in private unless the Committee, by a majority, decides otherwise.

Quorum of a meeting.

140.       The quorum for a meeting of a Committee shall be ¹[one-third] elected members of the Committee.

Voting in Committees.

141        All questions at a sitting of a Committee shall be determined by a majority of members present and voting.

Casting vote of Chairman. 


 142.      The Chairman or the person presiding in his absence shall not vote except in the event of equality of votes

.1. Changed vide Notification No. Legis: I (3)/ 2002 dated 9th February, 2004.

 

Power of Committee to examine Government officials and records. 

143.       (1)     A Committee shall have power to summon and examine any person and the records of the Provincial Government and of statutory bodies, autonomous or semi-autonomous, under the Provincial Government.

             Provided that the Committee shall have no powers to send for any papers or records relating to a proposed taxation.

             (2)     When a Department is of the opinion that in the interest of security of State or the maintenance of public order or generally in the public interest or on account of any other sufficient reasons, any particular record summoned from any office of or authority under the Government or set up or established by Government should not be furnished to any Committee or a person in the service of the State should not be summoned or compelled to give evidence, the Department may claim privilege for that record or exemption for the public servant, as the case may be:

             Provided that in such case the Committee may, through the Speaker, obtain orders of the Governor whether the privilege or exemption, as the case may be, has been properly claimed and the orders of the Governor in his behalf shall be final and conclusive on such point.

Evidence, report and proceedings treated confidential.

144.       (1)     A Committee may direct that the whole or a part of the evidence or a summary thereof may be laid on the table. If the Committee so directs, the Speaker may direct that such evidence be confidentially made available to Members before it is formally laid on the table.

             (2)     No part of the evidence, oral or written, report or proceedings of the Committee which has not been laid on the table, shall be open to inspection by any one except under the authority of the Speaker.

             (3)     The evidence given before a Committee shall not be published by any Member of the Committee or by any other person until it has been laid on the Table.

Copies of private Member’s Bill to be supplied to Department concerned.


145.       In case of Private Member’s Bill referred to a Committee; the Secretary shall transmit a copy of the Bill to the Department concerned with a request for an expression of the views of the Department.

Rule- 144 Substitute vide Notification No. Legis: I (3)/ 2002 dated 9th February, 2004.

 

Record of the proceedings of Committees.

146.       (1)     A summary of the record of the proceedings of each Committee shall be maintained.

             (2)     The summary of evidence tendered before a Committee shall be made available to a Member of the Committee concerned if so requested by him.

Special reports.

147.       A Committee may, if it thinks fit, make a special report on any matter that arises or comes to light in the course of its work which it may consider necessary to bring to the notice of the Speaker or the Assembly.

Report of Committee.

148.       (1)     Report of a Committee shall be presented within the time-limit fixed by the Speaker under Rule 84 or thirty days from the date on which reference was made to it by the Assembly unless the Assembly, on motion being made, directs that the time for presentation of the report be extended to a date specified in the motion.

             (2)     The report shall:-

(a)     incorporate the views of the ¹[Minister or Parliamentary Secretary] if furnished;

(b)     set forth the recommendations of the Committee together with the views of the minority, if any; and

(c)     be signed by the Chairman on behalf of the Committee or, if the Chairman is absent by another member chosen by the Committee.

Presentation of report.

149.       (1)     The report of a Committee shall be presented to the Assembly by the Chairman, or, in his absence by any other member of the Committee.

             (2)     The Secretary shall cause every report of a Committee together with the views of the minority, if any, to be printed and a copy thereof made available for the use of every Member of the Assembly. The report, with the views of the minority, if any, shall be published in the Gazette.

Agenda and notices of the meetings of Committees.


150.       (1)     The arrangement of business of a Committee and the agenda for each meeting of the Committee shall be determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Chairman of the Committee if readily available.

1. Subs: vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 15th August, 1985.

             (2)     Notices of all meetings of the Standing Committees shall be sent to the members of the Committee.

Decision of Speaker on procedure.

151.       If any doubt arises on any point of procedure or interpretation of the rules, the Chairman may, if he thinks fit, refer the point to the Speaker whose decision shall be final.

Business before Committee not to lapse on prorogation of Assembly.

152.       Any business pending before a Committee shall not lapse by reason only of the propagation of the Assembly and the Committee shall continue to function notwithstanding such propagation.

Un-finished work of a Committee. 

153.       A Committee which is unable to complete its work before the expiration of its terms or before the expiration of the term of the Assembly, may report to the Assembly that the Committee has not been able to complete its work. Any preliminary report, memorandum or note that the Committee may have taken shall be transmitted to the Secretary, who shall make it available to the Committee that succeeds the Committee in question.

 

 

(B)      SELECT COMMITTEE.

Composition of Select Committee on Bills.

154.       (1)     The Minister concerned, the Chairman of the Standing Committee concerned with the Bill, the Member-in-Charge and the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs shall be included in every Select Committee and it shall not be necessary to include their names in any motion for election of such a Committee.

             (2)     The other members of the Committee shall be elected by the Assembly from amongst its Members when a motion that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee is adopted.

             (3)     The Chairman of the Standing Committee concerned with the Bill shall be the Chairman of the select Committee.

             (4)     If the Chairman is not present at any sitting of the Committee, the members of the Committee shall elect a Chairman for that sitting.

             (5)     The Chairman or the person presiding in his absence shall not vote except in the event of equality of votes.

             (6)     A Select Committee may hear expert evidence and representatives of special interest affected by the Bill.

Quorum of Select Committee.

155.       (1)     The quorum for the meeting of the Select Committee shall be ¹[one-third] Members of the Committee.

 

             (2)     If at the time fixed for any sitting of the Select Committee, or at any time during any such sitting the quorum is not present, the Chairman shall either suspend the sitting until a quorum is present or adjourn the sitting to some future day.

             (3)     Where the sitting of a Select Committee is adjourned on two successive dates, the next meeting may be held even if the Committee is not in quorum.

Amendment in Select Committee.

156.       A Select Committee shall have power to suggest such amendments in the Bill as it thinks fit, provided such amendments are not beyond the scope of the Bill.

Report by Select Committee.

157.       (1)     After completing the consideration of the Bill, the Select Committee shall make a report on the Bill.

             (2)     Such report shall be made within the period specified by the Assembly.

Presentation of report.

158.       The report of the Select Committee on a Bill shall be presented to the Assembly by the Member-in-Charge, and there shall be no debate on it at that stage.

Printing and published of report. 

159.       The Secretary shall cause every report of a Select Committee, together with the minutes of dissent, if any, to be printed, and a copy thereof shall be made available for the use of every Member of the Assembly. The report, with the minutes of dissent, if any, and the Bill, if amended, shall be published in the Gazette.

 

1. Substituted vide Notification No. PAB/Legis: I (3)/ 2002 dated 9th February, 2004


 

 

 

(C)      PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE.

Constitution of Public Accounts Committee.

160.       (1)     There shall be constituted by the Assembly as soon as may be, a standing Public Accounts Committee for the duration of the Assembly.

             (2)     The Committee shall consist of 1[eleven] Members to be elected by the Assembly from among its Members and the Finance Minister shall be ex-officio Member, but the Finance Minister shall have no right of vote until he is an elected Member of the Committee. The quorum for the meeting of the Committee shall be 2[one-third] members of the Committee.

             (3)     Casual vacancies shall be filled by election as soon as possible after they occur and any person elected to fill such a vacancy shall hold office for so long only as the person in whose place he is elected would have held office

 

 


Functions of the Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Report of the Committee.
 

 

 





Constitution of the Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges.

 

 

Functions of the Committee.

             (4)     The Chairman of the Committee shall be elected by the Committee from among its Members. In case of any equality of votes on any matter, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.

Rule-160 (2) substituted vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 12th January, 1988.

Rule 160 (4) Substituted vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 15th August 1985.

1. Changed vide Notification No. PAB/Legis: I (3)/ 2002 dated 9th February, 2004

2.Changed vide Notification No. PAB/Legis: I (3)/ 2002 dated 24th May, 2003.

161.       (1)     The Committee shall deal with the Appropriation Accounts of the Provincial Government and the report of the Auditor-General thereon and such other matters as the Finance Minister may refer to the Committee.

             (2)     In scrutinizing the Appropriation Accounts of the Provincial Government and the report of the Auditor-general thereon, it shall be the duty of the Committee on Public Accounts to satisfy itself –

(a) that the money shown in the accounts as having been disbursed were legally available for and applicable to the service or purpose to which they have been applied or charged;

 (b)             that the expenditure conforms to the authority which governs it; and

 (c)             that every re-appropriation has been made in accordance with such rules as may be prescribed by the Government.


             (3)     It shall also be the duty of the Committee on Public Accounts-

(a)    to examine the statements of accounts showing the income and expenditure of State Corporations, Trading and Manufacturing Schemes, concerns and projects together with the balance-sheets and statements of profit and loss accounts which the Governor may have required to be prepared or are prepared under the provisions of the statutory rules regulating the financing of a particular Corporation, a trading concern or project and the report of the Auditor General, made to the Governor, thereon;

 (b)   to examine the statement of Accounts showing the income and expenditure of autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies the audit of which may be conducted by the Auditor-General of Pakistan under the direction of the Governor or under a statute; and

(c)    to consider the report of the Auditor-General in cases where the Governor may have required him to conduct the audit of any receipt or to examine the accounts of stores and stocks.

162.       Report of the Committee shall be presented within a period of one year from the date on which reference was made to it by the Assembly unless the Assembly on a motion being made, directs that the time for the presentation of the report be extended to a date specified in the motion.

 

(D)      COMMITTEE ON RULES OF PROCEDURE AND PRIVILEGES.


163.      
(1)     There shall be a Committee on Rules of Procedure and privileges for the duration of the Assembly.

             (2)     The Committee shall consist of ¹[seven] members to be elected by the Assembly and the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs shall be a member ex-officio, but he shall not be entitled to vote unless he is an elected member of the Committee.

1. Substituted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated 18th January, 2014


164.   The functions of the Committee shall be to examine and report on all questions of privileges referred to it by the Assembly under Chapter X of these rules and to consider all proposals for amendment of these rules referred to it under Chapter XIX of these rules.

 

 

(E)      FINANCE COMMITTEE.

Constitution of Finance Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

165.       (1)     There shall be a Finance Committee for the duration of the Assembly.

             (2)     The Finance Committee shall consist of the Speaker as Chairman, the Finance Minister and 1[five] other Members to be elected by the Assembly.

             (3)     The Finance Committee may make rules for regulation of its procedure.

             (4)     The quorum of meeting of the Finance Committee shall consist 2[one-third] Members except the Chairman.

Functions of the Finance Committee.

 166.      (1) The Finance Committee shall prepare the annual/supplementary budget of the Assembly Secretariat. The Budget prepared by the Finance Committee shall be forwarded by the Secretary to the Finance Department.

             (2)     After the Budget is passed by the Assembly, the expenditure of the Assembly Secretariat shall be controlled by the Assembly acting on the advice of the Finance Committee. For this purpose the Finance Committee shall, from time to time, issue such orders as it may think fit.

             (3)     The Finance Committee shall have the powers to-

(i)     Sanction the creation of posts in the Assembly Secretariat;

(ii)    Prescribed the scale of pay of the posts sanctioned in the Assembly Secretariat; and

(iii)   Sanction any expenditure in the Assembly Secretariat which is beyond the powers delegated to the Secretary under the Delegation of Powers under the Financial Rules and the Powers of re-appropriation Rules 1962 framed by the Government.

1. Substituted vide Notification No. PAB/Legis: I (3)/ 2003 dated 24th May, 2003.

2. Inserted vide Notification No. PAB/Legis: I (3)/ 2003 dated 9th February, 2004.


             Provided the total allocation made in the Budget for the Assembly Secretariat shall not be exceeded and the pay scales of posts shall not exceed the National pay Scales.

             (4)     The Finance Committee shall, not later than thirty first day of July in each year, prepare a report on its activities during the last financial year and the Speaker shall cause it to be laid before the Assembly at the first meeting held thereafter. The Assembly may discuss the report and take such decision as may be considered necessary.

 

(F)         COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT ASSURANCES.

 Committee on Government Assurances.

 167.      (1)     There shall be a Committee on Government Assurances to scrutinize the assurances, promises and undertakings given by Ministers ¹[or Parliamentary Secretaries] from time to time on the floor of the Assembly and to report on-

(a)       the extent to which such assurances, promises undertakings etc., have been implemented; and

(b)       where implemented whether such implementation has taken place within the minimum time necessary for the purpose.

             (2)     The Committee shall consist of 2[five] Members who shall be elected by the Assembly for the duration of the Assembly.

 

             (3)     Any Member who feels that an assurances or promise given to him or to the Assembly or an undertaking made by a Minister 3[or Parliamentary Secretary] has not been implemented within a reasonable time he may, in writing propose that the matter may be referred to the Committee by the Speaker. If the Speaker is satisfied that a reasonable time has elapsed and that the matter should be gone into by the Committee on Assurances, he may refer the matter to the Committee.

             (4)     This rule shall not apply to assurances, promises and undertakings given before the coming into force of these rules.

             (5)     The Committee shall only scrutinize the assurances, promises and undertakings given during the term of that Assembly.

 

1. Inserted vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 15th August, 1985.

2. Substituted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated 18th January, 2014.

3. Inserted vide Notification No. Legis: I (15)/85 dated 15th August, 1985.

 

 

 

(G)            HOUSE AND LIBRARY COMMITTEE.

House and Library Committee.

168.       There shall be a House and Library Committee consisting of the Deputy Speaker as ex-Officio Chairman and 1[five] other Members to be elected by the Assembly.

Functions of the Committee.

169.       The functions of the Committee shall be-

(a)     to deal with matters relating to the issue of admission cards for galleries, other than the Governor’s Box and the Speaker’s Box and such questions relating to residential accommodation for Members as may be referred to it by the Speaker from time to time;

 (b) to exercise supervision over facilities pertaining to accommodation and other immunities including food provided to Members in the Members’ hostels;

 (c)    to consider and advice on such matters concerning the Library of the Assembly as may be referred to it by the Speaker from time to time; and

 (d)    to consider suggestions in respect of addition of books, magazines, journals etc., to the Library and its general improvement.

 

(H)     SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

Special Committees.



Council of Chairmen.

170.   The Assembly may, by motion, appoint a Special Committee which shall have such composition and functions as may be specified in the motion.



170-A             

(1) There shall be a Council of Chairmen/Chairpersons consisting of all the Chairmen Standing Committees and Functional Committees, headed by the Speaker of the Assembly or any other member of the Assembly nominated by the  Speaker to consider and coordinate any matter relating to the Standing Committees and the  Functional Committees.

 

(2)   The meeting of the Council shall be convened by the Speaker Provincial Assembly as and when required during Session of the Assembly.

 

vide NOTIFICATION No PAB/Legis: I (3) 2013 Dated Quetta, the 18th April, 2016.

 


 

(I)              GENERAL

Supplementary rules of Committees and applicability of General rules.

171.       (1)     The rules pertaining to Standing Committees shall apply to all Committees where not inconsistent with the particular rules applicable to that Committee.

             (2)     Where rules contained in this Chapter are silent on a point, a Committee may refer the matter to the Speaker for his directions in conducting its proceedings and the directions given by the Speaker shall be followed.

1. Substituted vide Notification No.PAB/Legis:I(3)/2013 dated 18th January, 2014