11th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 9th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 1 April, 2008
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence granted

Leave of Absence was granted to Senator the Honourable Martin Joseph, who is out of the country. Mr. Foster Cummings was sworn in to replace Sen. Joseph from 1 April 2008 until his return to Trinidad and Tobago.

Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Appointment of JSC Members

The President brought the attention of the House to a letter from the Speaker of the House indicating the decision of the House of Representatives to appoint members to two oversight Joint Select Committees.

One Paper was laid

One Paper appears was laid in the name of the Minister in the Ministry of Finance (Sen. the Hon. Mariano Browne).

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
16 Questions qualified for Oral Answer on the Order Paper

Question 41 was answered by the Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development. All other questions were deferred. See the Order Paper for details of the questions.

Questions To Ministers: Written Answer
11 Questions qualified for written answer on the Order Paper

The Leader of the House indicated that the responses to Questions 21, 35 and 37 were circulated. These questions were directed to the Minister of National Security and the Minister of Finance.
See the Order Paper for details.

Private Business: Motions
Annul the National Insurance Board Regulations, 2008

Sen. Wade Mark moved the Motion to annul the National Insurance Regulations, which were laid in the Senate on 26 February 2008 on the Supplemental Order Paper. Eight members contributed to the Motion before Senator Mark concluded the debate. Following Sen. Mark, the Attorney-General (Sen. the Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George) rose to participate in the debate under Standing Order 33(2) [Right of Reply of a Minister or Parliametary Secretary to a Motion critical of the Government]. The Question was put, and the Motion was not approved.

Matter On The Adjournment
Increasing threat to the Freedom of the Press

Sen. Wade Mark raised the Matter on the Adjournment. The Minister of Information (Hon. Neil Parsanlal, MP) responded.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday April 8, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday April 8, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. On that occasion, debate is expected to begin on the Caribbean Court of Justice (Headquarters) Bill, 2008 and, time permitting, the International Child Abduction Bill, 2008.