Sitting times of the House of Representatives would soon be changed from morning to evening sessions following a government proposal to that effect taken at Party Leaders meeting last Friday.
Party sources told The Island that according to the government s proposal which had been agreed to by other party leaders the time of commencement of the sittings would be changed from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.
Parliament usually meets during the first and the last weeks of every month from Monday to Friday.
According to the proposed schedule, the sittings of the House will continue till 7.00 pm.
The UNP at the party leaders meeting demanded that the sittings be continued till 8 pm and sessions be telecast live. The government promised to consider the first demand but the second one was rejected out of hand.
The UNP then requested that at least an edited version of a video of Parliamentary proceedings be telecast.
This request too had not been entertained by the government representatives at the Party Leaders meeting, party sources said.
The new proposal for changing parliamentary times is to help the ministers and MPs meet the public in the morning when Parliament meets.