In Sri Lanka Parliament, in terms of the Standing Orders, the following Committees are appointed:-
- Committee of Selection
- Committee on Parliamentary Business
- Committee on Standing Orders
- House Committee
- Committee on Ethics and Privileges
- Committee on Public Accounts
- Committee on Public Enterprises
- Committee on Public Finance
- Committee on Public Petitions
- Committee on Constitutional Affairs
- Committee on High Posts
- Liaison Committee
- Backbencher Committee
The Committee of Selection appointed at the commencement of every Session, shall nominate Members to serve upon the above mentioned Committees.
The number of members in each Committee also varies.
Chairperson of the Committees
The Speaker is the Chairperson of the Committee of Selection, the Committee on Parliamentary Business, the Committee on Standing Orders, the House Committee, the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and the Liaison Committee.
The Chairperson of the rest of the Committees for special purposes are elected from among the members of the Committee. [refer SO 127(1) ]
The Chairperson of the Select Committees are appointed by the Speaker.
Meetings of a Committee shall be summoned by the Chair.
In the absence of the Chair any other Member elected by the Committee shall preside.
The Chair shall have an original vote and if the votes cast be equally divided the Chair shall have a casting vote.
Unless otherwise specified in the Standing Orders the quorum shall be three members and shall be the duty of the Chairman of such Committee not to function without the required quorum.
Vacation of membership
Any Member who absents himself from three consecutive meetings without having obtained the prior leave of such Committee, shall be deemed to have vacated his membership of such Committee:
Provided that, the preceding provisions shall not apply where any meeting of such Committee is held on a day falling within the period during which such Member has, with the leave of Parliament first obtained, absents himself from Sittings of Parliament.
Filling of vacancies
Unless otherwise specified in the Standing Orders, vacancies shall be filled by the Committee of Selection.
[ for Procedure in Special Purpose Committees, refer to SO 127 ]