BILL WATCH 50/2011
[16th November 2011]
Both Houses of Parliament sat on Tuesday 15th November, then adjourned until Tuesday 22nd November
2012 Budget Statement Set for Tuesday 22nd November
Contrary to various press reports the Budget Statement will not be read in Parliament tomorrow Thursday 17th.
Parliament have confirmed that Minister of Finance Tendai Biti will present his 2012 Budget Statement to the House of Assembly next Tuesday 22nd November.
Admission to the Public Gallery in Parliament to hear the Budget Statement is by invitation or for ticket-holders. Seating is limited, so members of the public wishing to attend should contact Parliament’s Public Relations office to check if there are any tickets available. Telephone Harare 252936 or 700181/2/3 and ask for Mr Moyo or Mrs Huwa, extensions 2309 and 2310.
It is also advisable for journalists to check availability of seats in the Press Gallery with Mr Moyo or Mrs Huwa.
At the conclusion of the Budget Statement the Minister will table the Estimates of Expenditure for 2012 and a draft Finance Bill to give effect to any proposed tax changes. Then the House will probably adjourn for a few days to allow members and portfolio committees time to study the Budget in preparation for the debate on the Budget; portfolio committee chairpersons will present their committees’ reactions to the Budget and the Estimates during this debate.
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