senate

Sittings

12th Sitting of the Senate

2nd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 11 January, 2022
10:00 AM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus and Sen. Anil Roberts, who are ill and to Sen. David Nakhid and Sen. Evans Welch, who are out of the country, from today’s Sitting of the Senate. Mr. Ndale Young, Mr. Sean Sobers, Ms. Marsha Walker and Dr. Margaret Burgess were appointed temporary Senators in their place.

Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Tributes to Alwin Chow and Basharat Ali

The Senate paid tribute to former Senator Alwin Chow, who passed away on December 9, 2021 and to former Senator Basharat Ali, who passed away on December 24, 2021. A minute of silence was observed.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing [Government Senator]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Christine Kangaloo, MP [President of the Senate]
Sen. the Hon. Avinash Singh [Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senators

Temporary Senators Young, Sobers, Walker and Burgess took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Sean Sobers [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Margaret Burgess [Independent Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Marsha Walker [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Papers
Fifteen Papers

Fifteen (15) papers were laid. See Order Paper for details.

Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed and answered.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox, MP [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Eight Questions on Notice

Eight questions qualified for oral answer. Question #53 was deferred for two weeks. Seven questions were answered.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan [Minister of Works and Transport]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Sen. Anthony Vieira [Independent Senator]
Sen. Marsha Walker [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell, MP [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Introduction Of Bills
Two Bills

Two bills were introduced in the name of the Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell, MP [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Government Business: Bills Second Reading
The Sexual Offences (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill, 2021

The Attorney General moved the second reading of The Sexual Offences (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill, 2021. Twelve Senators contributed to the debate before the wind up by the Attorney General. The bill was referred to a Special Select Committee for consideration and report to the Senate by February 1, 2022.

Hon. Faris Al-Rawi, MP [Minister of Rural Development and Local Government]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox, MP [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Sean Sobers [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. Marsha Walker [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to provide reasons for the proposed recall by the Licensing Division of 700,000 drivers permits. The Minister of Works and Transport, Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan, responded.
Sen. Mark raised a second matter regarding the restructuring of WASA and the implications of this on WASA’s workforce. The Leader of Government Business, Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan [Minister of Works and Transport]
Sen. the Hon. Clarence Rambharat [Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday January 18, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

The Sitting concluded at 6:56 p.m.