Parly to focus on oversight
Cape Town - Strengthening its oversight function and increasing public participation are among Parliament's objectives over the next three years, National Council of Provinces chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu said on Tuesday.
Speaking during debate on Parliament's 2010/11 budget vote, he also stressed the need to improve and widen the institution's role in international co-operation and participation.
Mahlangu said priorities for oversight during the period of the fourth parliament, elected last year, were agriculture, economic development, health and social development, human settlements, police, rural land development, and land reform.
"We need to pay attention to these areas at committee and institutional level in our effort to contribute to the work of Parliament," he said.
A model for public participation in Parliament was being developed.
Particular attention needed to be paid to the increasing role of Parliament in international relations.
"It is important to note that Parliament finds itself in a fast-changing global domain," Mahlangu said.
According to the 2010 estimates of national expenditure, Parliament has been allocated R1.57bn for the current (2010/11) financial year.
Of this total, R392.7m is for MPs' remuneration.