senate

Sittings

12th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 31 January, 2023
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, S.C., who is out of the country. Mr. Ndale Young was appointed temporary Senator in his place.

Sen. the Hon. Nigel de Freitas [President of the Senate]
Oath Of Allegiance Of A New Member
Temporary Senator

Temporary Senator, Mr. Ndale Young, took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Papers
Seven Papers

There were seven Papers laid. See the Order Paper.

Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
One urgent question

One urgent question was posed and answered.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan [Minister of Works and Transport]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Questions on Notice

Three Questions on Notice qualified for oral answer. All questions were answered. See the Order Paper.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Avinash Singh [Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
Private Business: Motions
Proclaim the remaining sections of the Data Protection Act

The Senate considered a Private Motion moved by Senator Wade Mark asking the Government to immediately proclaim the remaining sections of the Data Protection Act. Seven senators contributed to the debate before the adjournment.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Dr. Varma Deyalsingh [Independent Senator]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to reconsider its decision to exclude non-traditional media personnel from covering government press conferences. The Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Symon de Nobriga, responded.

Sen. Mark raised a second matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to undertake investigations surrounding members of the protective services participating in criminal activities. The Minister of National Security, Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Symon de Nobriga, MP [Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister – Communications]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Tuesday February 7, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 6:22 p.m.