10th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 10th Republican Parliament

Thursday 23 September, 2010
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

The Vice-President granted leave of absence to Sen. Prof. Rolph Balgobin.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Appointment of Committees

The Vice-President advised the Senate of a letter from the Speaker of the House indicating the appointment of members to the PAC, the PAEC and the three departmental Joint Select Committees.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Matter of Privilege

The Vice-President advised the House of receipt of a matter of privilege at 1:25 p.m. and indicated that she would examine and consider the matter. Later in the proceedings she ruled that she was not satisfied that the matter qualified to be raised as a matter of privilege.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Inaccurate Reporting

The Vice-President also advised the media of the need to accurately cover the proceedings of Parliament, in response to an incorrect report of the previous day.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Appropriation (Financial Year 2011) Bill, 2010

Debate continued on the Budget for fiscal 2011. Sen. Corinne Baptiste McKnight was first to enter the debate, followed by Sen. Prof. Patrick Watson, The Minister in the Ministry of National Security, the Minister of Tobago Development and Sen. Pennelope Beckles-Robinson. The Minister of Finance then rose to conclude.

The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed. Before adjourning, the Leader of Government Business, the Leader of Opposition Business, the dean of the Independent Bench and the Vice-President of the Senate extended Republic Day Greetings to the nation. The sitting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.