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Summary of the 22nd Sitting of the 1st Session of the 10th Republican Parliament
(Friday December 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM)

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Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker

  • Leave of Absence: The Speaker granted Leave of Absence to the Members for Caroni East, Cumuto/Manzanilla, Oropouche West, DM West and Diego Martin Central.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

  • Appointment of Joint Select Committee - Anti Gang Bill, 2010: The Speaker read a letter from President of the Senate indicating the decision of the Senate to appoint six members to serve with an additional number from the House of Representatives to consider the Anti-Gang Bill, 2010.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Speaker's Ruling

  • Matter of Privilege: The Speaker presented his ruling on the matter raised by the Member for Diego Martin Central re: Statements made by the MP for D'Abadie/O'Meara. The Speaker indicated that a prima facie case had indeed been made out, and he referred the matter to the Committee of Privileges for consideration.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Bills Brought From The Senate

  • The Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2010: The Bill, which was passed in the Senate on December 7, 2010, was read a first time in the House of Representatives. The Minister of National Security moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. Leave was granted.
    Contributions by: Sen. the Hon. Brig. John Sandy [Minister of National Security]

Papers

  • Six Papers: Six Papers were laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer

  • Five Questions: Five Questions qualify for written answer. See the Order Paper.

Requests For Leave To Move The Adjournment Of The House On Definite Matters Of Urgent Public Importance

  • Conflict of Interest: The Member for Point Fortin sought leave to raise as a definite matter of urgent public importance, the conflict of interest innvolving the offices held by the Member for Chaguanas West. The Speaker ruled that the matter did not qualify under Standing Order 12, but would qualify under Standing Order 11.
    Contributions by: Mrs. Paula Gopee-Scoon, MP [Point Fortin] [Opposition Member]

Statements By Ministers

  • Human Rights Day: The Prime Minister made a statement on the observance of Human Rights Day.

Government Business: Motions

  • The Children's Life Fund Bill, 2010: The Minister of Health moved a Motion asking the House to consider Senate amendments to the Children's Life Fund Bill, 2010. The amendments were approved.
    Contributions by: Sen. the Hon. Therese Baptiste-Cornelis [Minister of Health], Mr. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Opposition Member]

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary

  • Appointment of Joint Select Committee: The Leader of the House moved a Motion to appoint six members to the Joint Select Committee appointed to consider the Anti-Gang Bill, 2010 and the Bail (Amendment) Bill, 2010. Leave was granted.
    Contributions by: Hon. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Minister of Housing and the Environment and Leader of the House]

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

  • The Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2010: The Leader of the House moved the Second Reading of the Interception of Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The Member for Diego Martin North/East and the Prime Minister made brief interventions before the Leader of the House concluded the debate. The Bill was considered in Committee and passed without amendments. It was then read a third time and passed.
    Contributions by: Hon. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Minister of Housing and the Environment and Leader of the House], Mr. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Opposition Member], Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, MP [Siparia] [Prime Minister], Hon. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Minister of Housing and the Environment and Leader of the House]

Private Business: Bills Second Reading

  • The Ecclesiastical Council of Spiritual Baptist Churches of Trinidad and Tobago (Incorporation) Bill, 2010: The Ecclesiastical Council of Spiritual Baptist Churches of Trinidad and Tobago (Incorporation) Bill, 2010 was read a second time. The Speaker referred the Bill to a Special Select Committee of the House of Representatives and named the members of the Committee.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Government Business: Motions

  • Standing Orders: The Leader of the House moved a Motion asking that the Standing Orders be referred to the Standing Orders Committee of the House of Representatives for consideration and report. The Member for Diego Martin North/East made a brief intervention. The Motion was approved.
    Contributions by: Hon. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Minister of Housing and the Environment and Leader of the House], Mr. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Opposition Member]

Matter On The Adjournment

  • Purchase of Aircraft: The Member for Diego Martin North/East raised as a matter on the adjournment of the House, "the confusion, uncertainty, and potential for serious economic loss to Trinidad and Tobago that would result if Caribbean Airlines does not proceed with the purchase of nine turboprop aircraft from Avions de Transport Regional (ATR)." The Minister of Works and Transport responded.
    Contributions by: Mr. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Opposition Member], Hon. Jack Warner, MP [Chaguanas West] [Minister of Works and Transport]

Adjournment

  • The House adjourns to a date to be fixed: The Leader of the House indicated that sittings should resume early in the new year. Before adjourning, greetings were extended on the occasion of Christmas by the Prime Minister, the Member for Diego Martin North/East and the Speaker of the House. The sitting ended at 10:47 p.m.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]