Speaking Time in the Senate
Senate - 1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament
WHEREAS the Senate is asked to address amongst other things, complex legislation which necessitates focused deliberations;
AND WHEREAS the current global pandemic has impacted all aspects of life in Trinidad and Tobago, including the Parliament. As such, on August 29, 2020, the Senate agreed that the "time limit for Speeches in Debates be limited to 30 minutes for the mover/Member wrapping-up and the first speaker on the Opposition and Independent Benches, and 20 minutes for all other speakers";
AND WHEREAS citizens are being encouraged to adapt to the "new normal" while observing COVID-19 safety protocols;
AND WHEREAS the business of the Parliament should similarly adapt to the "new normal" by allowing for the full time for Speeches in Debates;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate revert to the speaking time as set out in the Standing Orders with immediate effect.
(By Senator Wade Mark)