History of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament

History of the Rules of Procedure of Parliament


Article 75(1) (a) of the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh provides that the Procedure of Parliament shall be regulated by Rules of Procedure made by it, and until such rules are made, the Procedure of Parliament shall be regulated by Rules of Procedure made by the President. Parliament adopted its own Rules of Procedure on July 22, 1974. After change over from Parliamentary to Presidential system of Government through constitutional amendment, these rules have since been amended on seven occasions.

Thereafter, Parliamentary system was revived through the Constitution (Twelfth Amendment) Act, 1991. For this purpose the Committee on Rules of Procedure set up by Parliament on November 5, 1991 with the Speaker as its Chairman, held nine meetings from December 7, 1991 to January 19, 1992 and prepared a report which recommended some amendments to the previous Rules of Procedure under Rule 265(1) of the said Rules, the above-mentioned report was presented to Parliament on January 26, 1992. Parliament adopted these amendments on February 5, 1992 and the same were published in the Bangladesh Gazette Extra-ordinary on that day in Bengali only.

After incorporating the above-mentioned amendments, a new edition of the Rules of Procedure of Bangladesh Parliament as amended up to 5th February, 1992 was published.

After the said edition, the House on the 24th July, 1996 set up the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure, with the Speaker as Chairman, for the purpose of amending the Rules of Procedure and thereafter the Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and its Sub-Committee met in thirteen meetings from the 4th August, 1996 to the 8th May, 1997 and prepared a report recommending amendments to Rule 247 of the Rules of Procedure. Under Rule 265(1), the report was placed before the house on the 14th May, 1997. Parliament adopted the amendments recommended in the report on 10th June, 1997 and the same were published in the Bangladesh Gazette Extra-ordinary on the same day.

 

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