senate

Sittings

12th Sitting of the Senate

4th Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 19 March, 2024
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Kazim Hosein, Sen. the Hon. Avinash Singh and Sen. Damian Lyder, who are out of the country. Mr. Ndale Young, Ms. Yokymma Bethelmy and Dr. Tim Gopeesingh were appointed temporary senators in their place.

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

Temporary senators Young, Bethelmy and Gopeesingh took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Yokymma Bethelmy [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Property Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2024

The Property Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2024 was brought from the House of Representatives in the name of the Minister of Finance, who moved that the next stage of the bill be taken on Monday March 25, 2024. The motion was approved.

Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Papers
49 Papers

49 papers were laid. See Order Paper.

Sen. the Hon. Randall Mitchell [Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan [Minister of Works and Transport]
Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Presentation Of Reports From Select Committees
Two Reports

Two reports were presented. See Order Paper.

Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Two urgent questions

Two urgent questions were posed and answered. See Order Paper.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six Questions on Notice

Six questions qualified for oral answer. All questions were posed and answered.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Hon. Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, MP [Minister of Education]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Sen. Prof. Gerard Hutchinson [Independent Senator]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Introduction Of Bills
The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2024

The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2024 was introduced in the name of the Attorney General.

Government Business: Motions
Increase in the Borrowing Limit under the Development Loans Act

The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, moved a motion to increase the borrowing limit under the Development Loans Act. Twelve senators contributed to the debate before the wind up by the Minister of Finance. With 22 votes for, 6 votes against and no abstentions, the motion was approved.

Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Sunity Maharaj [Independent Senator]
Sen. Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing [Government Senator]
Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Rohan Sinanan [Minister of Works and Transport]
Sen. Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Government Business: Motions
Consider House amendments to The Miscellaneous Provisions (Registrar General, Companies, Registration of Business Names, and Non-Profit Organisations) Bill, 2023
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Hazel Thompson-Ahye [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Establishment of Joint Task Force re Pharmaceuticals

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need for the Government to properly explain its recent decision to establish a Joint Task Force to clamp-down on the sale to the public of unregistered pharmaceutical products., The Minister of Health, Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Terrence Deyalsingh, MP [Minister of Health]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to Monday March 25, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.

The Sitting concluded at 11:07 p.m.