11th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 11th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 20 February, 2018
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence was granted to Sen. H.R. Ian Roach from today’s Sitting. Ms. Stacy Cummings was appointed temporary Senator in Sen. Roach’s absence.

Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senator

Temporary Senator, Ms. Stacy Cummings, took her oath of allegiance.

Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
One Bill

The Insurance Bill, 2016, was brought from the House of Representatives.

Twenty-four Papers

Twenty-four Papers were laid in the names of the Minister of Finance, Minister of Public Utilities, Minister of Public Administration and Communications, Minister of National Security, Minister of Trade and Industry and Vice-President of the Senate. See Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper for details.

Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Two Reports

Two reports were presented. See Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Four Urgent Questions

Four urgent questions were posed. See Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six questions

Six Questions qualified for oral answer. Questions #15 and #32 were deferred. See Order Paper for details.

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 adequately ensure that the National Security framework of Trinidad and Tobago is effective and efficient. The President of the Senate was not satisfied that this matter qualified under Standing Order 17.

Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Misc. Prov. (Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters, Proceeds of Crime, FIU of T&T, Customs and Exchange Control) Bill, 2017
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment which addressed the issue of revenue shortfalls that have been foregone owing to the absence of mechanisms in quarrying industry by the Government. The Minister of Energy and Energy Industries responded.
Sen. Taharqa Obika raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to properly explain the sudden resignation of the Chairman of the Economic Development Advisory Board and the potential adverse impact of his resignation on the work of the Board. The Minister of Planning and Development responded.

The Senate adjourned to Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 8:54 p.m. The Senate adjourned to Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

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