AHPETC, single parents, drones, to be discussed in Parliament tomorrow

AHPETC, single parents, drones, to be discussed in Parliament tomorrow

The second session of Parliament will be sitting tomorrow (Feb 12) at 1.30pm.

Here is a summary of some issues that will be discussed in Parliament tomorrow, based on the order paper:

AHPETC

The Minister for National Development will be talking about the Auditor-General's audit of the Workers' Party-run Aljunied-Hougang-Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC), and the legislative framework for Town Councils.

Debt collectors

Ms Foo Mee Har (MP for West Coast GRC) will be asking the Minister for Law about the measures to ensure a code of conduct for debt collectors when they are collecting debts.

Free parking to encourage usage of sports facilities

Mr Lim Biow Chuan (Mountbatten SMC) and Dr Benedict Tan (NMP) will be asking if the Ministry for Culture, Community and Youth will consider allowing free parking for the first two hours at all sports stadiums, and selected sports facilities during non-peak hours so as to encourage usage.

Single parents

Questions on the gender ratio of single parents given custody of their children during the dissolution of their marriage, benefits and assistance schemes that are available to parents, which of these are accessible to single male parents; and further assistance schemes will be discussed tomorrow.

Tracking the prices of popular local hawker foods

Ms Irene Ng Phek Hoong (MP for Tampines GRC) will ask if the Ministry for Trade and Industry tracks the prices of common household groceries and popular local hawker foods over the last five years, the items tracked, and price fluctuations.

Drones

The Minister for Transport will answer Dr Lim Wee Kiak's (MP for Nee Soon GRC) question on when will the framework to regulate the use of drones be legislated.

Singles and HDB flats

The Minister for National Development will answer Mr Gan Thiam Poh 's (MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) question on single applicants who have applied, but yet to get their 2-room BTO flats, and estimated waiting time.

Integrated resorts being repeated offenders

Mr Png Eng Huat (MP for Hougang SMC) will be asking the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs about the rationale behind imposing fines on Marina Bay Sands and issuing censures to Resorts World Sentosa, since they both are repeat offenders for breaching social safeguards.

Sufficient qualified and trained preschool teachers

The Minister for Social and Family Development will be answering Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC) on the progress on the establishment of 200 new childcare centres across Singapore and if there are sufficient qualified and trained preschool teachers.

SMEs

Several MPs will also raise questions about SMEs and its related schemes, such as WorkPro, rental costs, and government-supported loans.

Productivity

Questions tabled include efforts to increase productivity of our workforce, success of government productivity schemes such as the Productivity and Innovation Credit and Innovation and Capability Voucher.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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