10th Sitting of the Senate

5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 10 December, 2019
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon, who is out of the country and Sen. Sophia Chote, S.C., who is ill. Mr. Ndale Young and Ms. Zola Phillips were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators Ndale Young and Zola Phillips took the oath of allegiance.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
One Bill

The Finance Bill, 2019 was brought from the House of Representatives. The Minister of Finance moved that the next stage of the Bill be taken later in the proceedings. The motion was carried.

Four Papers

Four papers were laid. See the Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions on Notice

Three questions qualified for oral answer. All three questions were answered. See Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed.

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

Sen. Wade Mark made a request for leave to move the adjournment of the House on a definite matter of urgent public importance namely the failure of the Government to protect the public health of the citizenry by providing sufficient security and protection from the spread of the influenza virus which has led to the death of 32 persons to date. The Vice-President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under this Standing Order.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Finance Bill, 2019

The Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Sen. the Hon. Allyson West, moved the second reading of The Finance Bill, 2019. Debate began on the Bill. Following the wind up of the debate, the Bill was read a third time and passed.

Matter On The Adjournment
One Matter

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for the Government to restructure business operations at the Tunapuna office of Ministry of Social Development and Family Services with a view to ensuring more efficient service delivery to the customer. Sen. the Hon. Jennifer Baptiste-Primus responded on behalf of the Minister of Social Development and Family Services.

The Senate adjourned to Friday December 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

The Sitting concluded at 9:30 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Friday December 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.