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Summary of the 31st Sitting of the 1st Session of the 10th Republican Parliament
(Friday February 18, 2011 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 Member for Naparima from today's sitting.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Speaker's Ruling

  • Matter of Privilege: The Speaker ruled on a matter of privilege raised by the member for Caroni East against the member for Diego Martin North/East. He ruled that a prima facie case had not been established.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker

  • Non Recognition of Member: The Speaker made a statement concerning allegations made that he intentionally chose to deny a Member from speaking.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Bills Brought From The Senate

  • The Statutory Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2010: The Statutory Authorities (Amendment) Bill, 2010, which was passed in the Senate on Tuesday February 15, 2011, was read a first time in the House of Representatives in the name of the Minister of Finance.
    Contributions by: Hon. Winston Dookeran, MP [Tunapuna] [Minister of Finance]

Papers

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees

  • Special Report of the Committee of Privileges of the House of Representatives: One report was presented. The Speaker sought concurrence of the House to have this item taken later in the proceedings, which was granted. View the Report here.
    Contributions by: Hon. Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Minister of Housing and the Environment and Leader of the House]

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer

  • One Question: One Question qualifies for oral answer. The question was answered. See the Order Paper.
    Contributions by: Hon. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP [Caroni East] [Minister of Education]

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer

  • One Question: The response to the one question for written answer was circulated. See the Order Paper.

Statements By Ministers

  • Dereliction of Duty by Police Officers: The Prime Minister made a statement on the Government's response to the decision of several police officers to not show up for duty. The Prime Minister also highlighted the appointment of Colonel Albert Adolphus Griffith to head the Security Services Agency.
    Contributions by: Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, MP [Siparia] [Prime Minister]

Introduction Of Bills

  • Four Bills: The Exchequer and Audit (Amendment) Bill, 2011, the Valuation of Land (Amendment) Bill, 2011, the Lands and Buildings Taxes Bill, 2011 and the Taxes Exemption Bill, 2011 were introduced in the name of the Minister of Finance.
    Contributions by: Hon. Winston Dookeran, MP [Tunapuna] [Minister of Finance]

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

Private Business: Bills Second Reading

  • The Way of Trinidad and Tobago (Incorporation) Bill, 2011: The Way of Trinidad and Tobago (Incorporation) Bill, 2011 was read a second time. The Speaker appointed five members to serve on a Special Select Committee to consider the bill. The Members are Dr. Fuad Khan (Chairman), Mr. Rodger Samuel, Dr. Lincoln Douglas, Ms. Joanne Thomas and Ms. Alicia Hospedales.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]

Matter On The Adjournment

  • Appointment of Director of the FIU: The Member for Diego Martin North/East raised as a matter on the Motion for the Adjournment of the House, "irregularities in the appointment of the Director of the FIU." The Attorney General responded.
    Contributions by: Mr. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Opposition Member], Sen. the Hon. Anand Ramlogan [Attorney General]

  • Diego Martin Highway Improvement Project: The Member for Diego Martin North/East raised a second matter, the need for further clarification by the Minister of Works and Transport on the status of the Diego Martin Highway Improvement Project (Powder Magazine to Four Roads/Petit Valley)." 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 Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.: At the next sitting of the House, debate is expected to continue on the Constitution (Amendment)(Capital Offences) Bill, 2011. The sitting adjourned at 9:47 p.m.
    Contributions by: Hon. Wade Mark, MP [Speaker of the House]