Debate on Thailand's 2011 budget bill adjourned to Aug. 24

18:46, August 20, 2010      

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The deliberation on the Thai coalition government's 2011 Budget Bill has been rescheduled to Aug.24, local media reported on Friday.

Earlier, both government and opposition whips agreed to finish the debate by 02:00 p.m. on Friday.

The bill is set to approve a budget worth of 2.07 trillion baht (65.672 billion U.S. dollars) for the government's planned public spending for the 2011 fiscal year which begins on October 1.

The adjournment won't affect the budgetary calendar as the rescheduled time has remained within the 105-day time frame, the government whip secretary Thanitpol Chaiyanant said Friday, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

The constitution requires it be passed into law within 105 days of being tabled to the House of Representatives which is Aug. 26, he said.

House Speaker Chai Chidchob closed the House meeting at 1:45 p. m., the 3rd day of the second reading, and rescheduled the time for the debate to upcoming Tuesday, the Nation online reported.

Chai reasoned that the Parliament would host a banquet for foreign envoys on the occasion of the end of the Muslim Fasting month at 6 p.m. local time.

Deputy Prime Minister for economic matters Trairong Suwannakhiri and Deputy House Speaker from the former ruling party Puea Thai, Col. Apiwan Wiriyachai believed the debate on the remainder articles could be completed by Aug. 24, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Source: Xinhua


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