Parliament starts debate on Budget 2016 statement: Follow our coverage

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at Parliament House on March 24, 2016, to present the Budget statement. Parliament will sit for nine days from April 4 to debate the Budget.
Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat at Parliament House on March 24, 2016, to present the Budget statement. Parliament will sit for nine days from April 4 to debate the Budget.ST FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE -  Parliament will sit for nine days, starting on Monday (April 4), to debate the Government's Budget statement for the new financial year.

In the first three days of the annual marathon, MPs will weigh in on the programmes and spending priorities that Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on March 24. Hot topics will include help for small businesses and vulnerable Singaporeans to weather the uncertain economic climate.

Mr Heng will respond to the MPs' comments and concerns on Wednesday (April 6), after which Parliament will vote on the Budget for the financial year starting in April.

Ministers will then present the budgets of their individual ministries during the Committee of Supply debate that follows, and MPs will scrutinise and comment on their spending plans. The debate will wrap up on April 14.

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