PM's Office Minister Varathep Rattanakorn hopes parliament will clear the backlog of bills in its legislative session, giving priority to those that support the government's law reform plan.
In his capacity as coordinator between the cabinet and the parliament, Mr Varathep said the parliament should pass as many overdue bills as possible during this session as doing so is in the public's best interests.
He believes that the passage of these laws will help restore the Thai public's faith in the political process.
This parliament session started on Dec 21 and will last about four months.
Mr Varathep said parliament should prioritise the bills that were part of the government's law reform plan.
Among the bills pending parliamentary deliberation are the national reconciliation bills, a bill to amend the Land Act and the trademark bill.
He has told ministers in a cabinet meeting that each ministry should follow up the progress of its delayed bills in parliament to help speed up the legislative process.
Mr Varathep said he expected this session of parliament to run smoothly.
No important agenda items, no-confidence motions or budget bills would be tabled in this session.
He also asked the opposition Democrat Party to adhere to professional standards in the House to promote people's faith in parliament and prevent disputes there.
"I used to be an opposition MP, so I'm aware that the opposition's duty is to scrutinise the government's actions, but they have to base their speeches on facts, not opinions. I don't want the House to be full of disputes between MPs," he said.
He said that in the past MPs had based their actions in parliament on facts and had not taken any issues personally.
Meanwhile, Parliament President Somsak Kiatsuranont said he expects the atmosphere in parliament will improve next year.
He said the mood had started to improve lately and complaints about MPs who had misbehaved had been filed with an ethics committee.
Mr Somsak said he would continue with his old style of parliamentary supervision and did not expect any problems.
When he was asked if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attached too little importance to parliament, Mr Somsak, who like Ms Yingluck is from the Pheu Thai Party, said the prime minister had been occupied with other projects, including flood relief early this year.
Asked about the government's failure to announce its yearly achievements to parliament _ it is now two months behind the constitutionally required deadline for doing so _ Mr Somsak said he expected the administration to file it in the near future.
However, he pointed out the past government had missed a deadline to deliver this document for over a year, and no punishment was imposed for its delay in filing.
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