- Parliament of Ceylon
Parliament of Ceylon Type Type Bicameral Houses House of Representatives
Timeline Colony British Ceylon Established 1947 Preceded by State Council of Ceylon Succeeded by National State Assembly Disbanded 1972 Election House of Representatives Last election Ceylonese parliamentary election, 1970
The Parliament of Ceylon was the legislative body of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) established in 1947 by the Soulbury Constitution, prior to independence on 4 February 1948. Parliament replaced the State Council of Ceylon.
Parliament was based on the Westminster model with an upper house, the Senate, whose members were indirectly elected or appointed, and a lower house, the House of Representatives, whose members were directly elected or appointed. The House of Representatives consisted of 101 members, of whom 95 were elected and six appointed by the Governor-General (increased to 157 in 1960, 151 elected and six appointed). The Senate consisted of 30 Members, of whom 15 were elected by the House of Representatives and 15 appointed by the Governor-General.
The Senate was abolished on 2 October 1971 by the eighth amendment to the Soulbury Constitution. The new Republican Constitution of Sri Lanka, adopted on 22 May 1972, replaced the House of Representatives (and Parliament) with the unicameral National State Assembly.
- "CEYLON (CONSTITUTION) ORDER IN COUNCIL". LawNet, Government of Sri Lanka. http://www.lawnet.lk/section.php?file=http://www.lawnet.lk/docs/statutes/cey_leg_encat_1956/indexs/1956Y11V379C.html.
Parliament of Sri Lanka14th Parliament • Members of the 14th Sri Lankan Parliament MembersCurrent membersBy length of service • Youngest members • Longest-serving members everWomen and
minority membersSri Lankan Tamil members • Sri Lankan Moor members • Other minority members • Lady members
Leaders Parliament SecretariatSecretariat leadersSecretaries-General (list) • Deputy Secretary General (list) • Assistant Secretary General (list)DepartmentsSerjeant-at-Arms • Administration • Legislative Services • Finance and Supplies • Hansard • Co-ordinating Engineer • Catering and Housekeeping • Information Systems and Management Powers,
and customsPowersLegislative Power of the Sri Lankan ParliamentCommitteesSelection • House • Standing Orders • Parliamentary Business • Public Accounts • Public Enterprises • Privileges • Public PetitionsItemsMace • Chair • Bar
History Building of ParliamentSri Lankan Parliament Building MiscellaneousHistoric Sri Lankan legislature • Parliaments • DistrictsWebsite: Parliament of Sri Lanka Legislatures of modern Sri Lanka British Ceylon British Ceylon/1
Dominion of CeylonSenateSenate of Ceylon (1947 - 1971)HouseHouse of Representatives of Ceylon (1947 - 1972)
Sri Lanka See also1 Only Bicameral legislature in modern Sri Lanka.
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