House of Representatives


11th Sitting of the House of Representatives

5th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Wednesday 11 December, 2019
1:30 PM
Announcements By The Speaker/Deputy Speaker
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Hon. Shamfa Cudjoe, MP for Tobago West, from Sittings of the House during the period December 10-15, 2019 and to Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, S.C., MP for Siparia and Dr. Lackram Bodoe, MP for Fyzabad from today’s Sitting of the House.

Two Papers

Two papers were laid. See Order Paper.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
One Report

One report was presented.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Prime Minister's Questions

Ten questions were posed to the Prime Minister by Opposition Members.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions on Notice

Three questions qualified for oral answer.

Introduction Of Bills
One Bill

The Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the name of the Attorney General.

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

The Leader of the House moved a motion that an extension of three months be granted to the JSC on the National Statistical Institute of Trinidad and Tobago Bill, 2018 in order for the Committee to complete its work and present a final report by March 31, 2020. The motion was approved.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Cannabis Control Bill, 2019 & the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Attorney General, Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP, moved a motion that both The Cannabis Control Bill, 2019 and The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 be debated together. This motion was approved.
He then moved the second reading of both bills. Debate began on the Bills. Following the debate on the bills, the Cannabis Control Bill, 2019 was referred to a Joint Select Committee established to consider and report on general merits and principles of the Bill and report by February 29, 2020. The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was committed to the Committee of the Whole for consideration clause by clause. The Bill was read a third time and passed, with amendments.

The House adjourned to Monday December 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 9:52 p.m. The House adjourned to Monday December 16, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.