Hon Members, the Minister responsible for Youth and Sports wants to make a Statement on the formation of a three -member committee of enquiry into
Ghana's Black Stars participation in the 2014 FIFA Football Tournament.
Hon Members, since yesterday I have taken some time to have discussions with the Leadership of the House on this matter, when my attention was drawn to it. Standing Order 70 (2) states that:
“A Minister of State may make an announcement or a statement of government policy. Any such announcement or statement should be limited to facts which is deemed necessary to make known to the House and should not be designed to provoke debate at this stage. Any Member may comment briefly, subject to the same limitation.”
Hon Members, last week, I admitted a Motion from an Hon Member of this House, calling for a bi-partisan enquiry into the matter. I have given it a considerable thought whether it is prudent for this Statement to be taken in view of the pending Motion. I have looked at the rules and Standing Order 72 of the House. While Standing Order 72 gives the House some say, when a Member of the House wants to make a Statement, when it comes to Ministers, it is different.
Hon Members, Standing Order 72 states, concerning Statements of Members, that:
“ By the indulgence of the House and leave of Mr Speaker a Member may, at the time appointed for statements under Order 53 ( Order of Business ) explain a matter of personal nature or make a statement on a matter of urgent public importance. Any statement other than a personal statement may be commented upon by other Members for a limited duration of time not exceeding one hour. The terms of any such proposed statement shall first be submitted to Mr Speaker.”
So, once I have a say in Order 72, I do not have a say in Standing Order 70 (2). In view of the Motion, I thought it was not prudent but I cannot also prevent a Minister of State under Standing Order 70 (2), to come and say whatever he wants to say. It is on that basis and in consultation with the Leaders that , I have allowed the Statement to be made.
I want to say that it does not in any way, affect the Motion to be moved on the floor of the House. I want to make this opening remarks before I call on the Minister to make the Statement.