11th REPUBLICAN PARLIAMENT: 4th SESSION

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Summary of the 17th Sitting of the 3rd Session of the 11th Republican Parliament
(Friday February 2, 2018 at 1:30 PM)

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Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker

  • Leave of absence: Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Prakash Ramadhar, MP for St Augustine, Mr. Rodney Charles, MP for Naparima and Hon. Maxie Cuffie, MP for La Horquetta/Talparo from today's Sitting.

  • Establishment of a Joint Select Committee: Correspondence was received from the President of the Senate informing the House that the Senate concurred with the House in the establishment of a Joint Select Committee to consider the Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and that six members of the Senate were appointed to this Committee.

Papers

  • Eight Papers: Eight papers were laid in the names of the Minister of Finance, Leader of the House and Deputy Speaker. Paper 1 was referred to the Public Accounts (Enterprises) Committee and Paper 2 was referred to the Public Accounts Committee. See Order Paper for details.
    Contributions by: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Arouca/Maloney] [Minister of Planning and Development], Mr. Esmond Forde, MP [Tunapuna] [Deputy Speaker]

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees

  • Three Reports: Three Reports were presented. See Order Paper for details.
    Contributions by: Hon. Darryl Smith, MP [Diego Martin Central] [Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs], Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP [Caroni East] [Opposition Member]

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer

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

  • Two Matters: Dr. Fuad Khan, MP, made a request for leave to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance namely the hardships faced by students of San Juan Boys Government Primary School which is currently housed at a temporary location. The Speaker of the House was not satisfied that this matter qualified under Standing Order 17.
    Mr. Barry Padarath, MP, made a request to discuss the closure and demolition of Princes Town Presbyterian #1 Primary School for the past two (2) years. The Speaker of the House was not satisfied that this matter qualified under Standing Order 17.
    Contributions by: Dr. Fuad Khan, MP [Barataria/San Juan] [Opposition Member], , MP

Government Business: Motions

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

  • Establishment of a Committee to consider the nomination of a Commissioner of Police: The Leader of the House moved a motion to establish a Special Select Committee to obtain additional and particular information to enable the House of Representatives to consider the notifications of Commissioner of Police and Deputy Commissioner of Police submitted by the President and to report to the House by March 31, 2018. Debate began on this motion. The motion was approved.
    Contributions by: Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Arouca/Maloney] [Minister of Planning and Development], Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP [Siparia] [Leader of the Opposition], Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Dr. Roodal Moonilal, MP [Oropouche East] [Opposition Member], Hon. Maj. Gen. Edmund Dillon, MP [Point Fortin] [Minister of National Security]

  • Establishment of Special Select Committee: A motion was moved for six members of the House to be appointed to the Special Select Committee approved earlier in the Sitting. Members were approved.

Committee Business: Motions

  • Adopt the Report of the JSC - Insurance Bill, 2016: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved a motion that the House adopt the Report of the Joint Select Committee appointed to consider and report on the Insurance Bill, 2016. Debate began on the Bill.
    Contributions by: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan, MP [Tabaquite] [Opposition Member]

Introduction Of Bills

  • Two Bills: Two Bills were introduced - The Valuation of Land (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Property Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the name of the Minister of Finance.

Adjournment

  • The House adjourned to Friday February 16, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.: The Sitting concluded at 5:22 p.m. The House adjourned to Friday February 16, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
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