Administration of Parliament Act
- Commenced on 15 August 1997
- [This is the version of this document as it was at 31 December 2000 to 3 August 2006.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I – Interpretation
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
Part II – The Parliamentary Commission
2. Establishment of the commission
3. Tenure of officeA member of the commission shall hold office for the duration of the Parliament in which he or she is elected but shall not vacate the office until a member is nominated or elected in his or her place, as the case may be, immediately after a general election.
4. Vacation of office of a commissionerA member of the commission shall cease to hold office on vacating his or her seat in accordance with article 83 of the Constitution.
5. Removal of a commissionerA member of the commission, other than the Speaker and the leader of Government business, may be removed from office by Parliament for inability to perform the functions of his or her office arising from infirmity of body or mind, misbehaviour, misconduct or incompetence.
6. Functions of the commissionThe functions of the commission shall include—
Part III – Parliamentary service
7. Decisions of the commission
8. Meetings of the commission
9. The parliamentary service
10. ClerkThe clerk shall be the head of the parliamentary service and shall be responsible to the Speaker for the general working and efficient conduct of the business of the service.
11. Delegation by the clerkThe clerk may, in consultation with the Speaker, by writing signed by him or her, delegate any functions of clerk under this Act to any officer in the service.
12. Responsibilities of the SpeakerThe Speaker shall make recommendations to the commission as and when the need arises on—
13. Consultation with Public Service CommissionThe commission shall, in determining the terms and conditions of employment of members of the service under section 6 or 12, consult with the Public Service Commission.
14. Creation of officesThe commission may upon the recommendation of the Speaker—
16. Terms of employmentIf an officer was immediately before his or her appointment to the service an officer in the public service, his or her service as an officer of the public service shall be counted as service in the parliamentary service for purposes of—
17. Leave to serve under other Acts
18. OathBefore assuming the duties of his or her office, an officer shall take before the Speaker any oath under the Oaths Act prescribed by regulations made under section 37, being an oath appropriate to an equivalent office in the public service.
Part IV – Finance
19. Financial year estimates
20. Expenses of ParliamentThe administrative and operational expenses of Parliament, including all salaries, allowances, gratuities and pensions payable to or in respect of a person serving in Parliament, shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund.
21. Bank accountsThe commission shall open and maintain such bank accounts as are necessary for the exercise of its functions and shall pay into them—
22. Commission to establish proceduresThe commission may establish procedures and expenditure involving—
23. Tender boardThe commission may establish a tender board for Parliament to control and regulate the purchase and disposal of property and supply of works and services to or for the purposes of Parliament.
Part V – Departments of Parliament
24. Establishment of departmentsThere shall be established the following departments in the parliamentary service—
25. Creation of departmentsThe commission may, in addition to the departments specified in section 24, create other departments to ensure the efficient functioning of the departments’ service.
26. Abolition and mergerThe commission may abolish or merge any of the departments of the service.
Part VI – Salary and allowances
27. Salary classification
28. AllowancesOfficers and employees in the service may be paid such allowances in such cases and subject to such conditions as are determined by the commission.
29. Hours of duty
30. LeaveEvery officer is entitled to an annual leave and leave of absence for such periods as the commission may by regulation determine.
31. Deductions from entitlementsDeductions may be made from the entitlements of officers and employees for any service provided by the State.
32. Allowances of members of the commissionMembers of the commission shall be paid such allowances as may be determined by the commission with the approval of Parliament.
Part VII – Discipline
33. Disciplinary proceduresThe commission shall, by statutory instrument, make regulations providing for—
Part VIII – Resignation, retirement and retrenchment
34. Retirement ageAn officer who has attained the age of fifty-five years is entitled to retire from the service but shall retire on attaining the age of sixty years.
35. Incapacity or infirmityIf by reason of mental or bodily infirmity an officer is unfit to discharge the duties of his or her office, the commission may retire the officer from the service.
36. Commission to determine entitlementWhere an office is abolished or reclassified, the commission may discontinue the service of the holder of the office; and his or her entitlements shall be determined by the commission in a manner consistent with that prescribed for the public service.
Part IX – Miscellaneous
38. Accounts and auditsThe commission shall keep proper books of account and records in relation to them, and the accounts shall be audited and reported on by the Auditor General in accordance with article 163 of the Constitution.
39. Annual reportThe commission shall as soon as possible after the expiration of each financial year and in any case not later than 30th September in each year submit to Parliament an annual report dealing generally with the activities and operations of the commission within the year, which shall include such other information as Parliament may request.
History of this document
04 August 2006 amendment not yet applied
15 August 1997