12th Sitting of the House of Representatives
1st Session - 10th Republican Parliament
The Speaker granted Leave of Absence to the Member for Lopinot/Bon Air West (today), Diego Martin Central (October 3-13) and Tobago West (October 7-12).
The Bill, which was passed in the Senate on October 5, 2010, wase read a first time in the House of Representatives. The Bill is in the name of the Minister of Local Government.
The Member for La Brea sought leave of the House for a petition from the Ecclesiastic Council of Spiritual Baptist Churches of Trinidad and Tobago Incorporated to be read. The Petitioners sought leave to incorporate the organization via an Act of Parliament. Leave was granted and the petitioners granted leave to proceed.
Nine papers were laid. See the Order Paper and Supplemental Order Paper.
Debate continued on a Motion which seeks to consider the Legislative Proposal to provide for public procurement and disposal of public property, together with another legislative proposal to repeal and replace the Central Tenders Board Act. The Minister of Works and Transport entered the debate. The Minister of Education then concluded. The Motion was approved.
The Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs moved the second reading of the Petrotrin Pensions (No.2) Bill, 2010. The Member for Port-of Spain South and Opposition Chief Whip was first to enter the debate, followed by the Minister of Labour, Small and Micro Enterprise Development, the Member for St. Ann’s East and the Member for Arouca/Maloney. The Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs then rose to conclude. The Bill was considered in Committee and passed without amendments. It was then read a third time and passed with a division of 36 for, none against, no abstentions.
The Leader of the House moved a Motion seeking the appointment of a Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Accommodation. The Leader of the Opposition was first to enter the debate. The Leader of the House then rose to conclude. The Motion was then approved.
At the next sitting, the House will begin debate on the Elections and Boundaries Commission (Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly)(Validation of the Ninth Report of the Elections and Boundaries Commission)(No.2) Bill, 2010. Time permitting, debate is expected to begin on the Anti-Gang Bill, 2010. The sitting adjourned at 5:52 p.m.