11th REPUBLICAN PARLIAMENT: 5th SESSION

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Summary of the 22nd Sitting of the 5th Session of the 11th Republican Parliament
(Wednesday March 25, 2020 at 1:30 PM)

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Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker

  • Leave of absence: Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Ganga Singh, MP for Chaguanas West and Mrs. Marlene McDonald, MP for Port of Spain South from today's Sitting of the House.
    Contributions by: Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP [Speaker of the House]

  • Parliament's COVID-19 Response: The Speaker shared on new seating arrangements in the Chamber as part of Parliament's fight against COVID-19. She further gave guidelines on the process for conducting a division in the House, should it be necessary.
    Contributions by: Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, MP [Speaker of the House]

Papers

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer

  • Two questions on Notice: Two questions qualified for oral answer. Both questions were withdrawn.
    Contributions by: Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Arouca/Maloney] [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]

Introduction Of Bills

  • One Bill: The Miscellaneous Provisions (Heritage and Stabilisation Fund, Government Savings Bonds and Value Added Tax) Bill, 2020 was introduced in the name of the Minister of Finance. The Minister moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was approved.
    Contributions by: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance]

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

  • Extensions to JSCs: The Leader of the House moved motions that extensions be granted to the following JSCs in order for the Committees to complete their work and submit a final report:
    1. The Miscellaneous Provisions (Local Government Reform) Bill, 2019 - extension to April 30, 2020
    2. The Cybercrime Bill, 2017 - extension to September 18, 2020
    3. The National Statistical Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, 2018 - extension to June 30, 2020
    The motions were approved.
    Contributions by: Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis, MP [Arouca/Maloney] [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

Government Business: Motions

  • Authorization to borrow a further $10B TTD: The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved a motion to authorize the Government to borrow money externally or internally in a further sum or in further sums not exceeding in the aggregate ten thousand million dollars in the currency of Trinidad and Tobago. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP, was the sole contributor to the debate. The motion was approved.
    Contributions by: Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Diego Martin North/East] [Minister of Finance], Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, MP [Caroni East] [Opposition Member]

Government Business: Bills Second Reading

Adjournment

  • The House adjourned to a date to be fixed: The Sitting concluded at 6:29 p.m. The House adjourned to a date to be fixed.
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