senate

Sittings

14th Sitting of the Senate

3rd Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 28 February, 2023
1:30 PM
Announcements By The President/Vice-President
Leave of absence

Leave of absence was granted to Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus and Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim. Mr. Harvey Borris and Mr. Ndale Young 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, Mr. Harvey Borris and Mr. Ndale Young, took the oath of allegiance.

Sen. Harvey Borris [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Ndale Young [Government Senator (Temporary)]
Petitions
Introduction of Private Bill

Sen. Anthony Vieira filed a petition on behalf of the St. Dominic’s Children’s Home in order to introduce a private bill to incorporate the St. Dominic’s Children’s Home. Leave was granted.

Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Papers
Nine Papers

Nine papers were laid. See the Order Paper.

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 the Order Paper.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Four Questions on Notice

Four Questions on Notice qualified for oral answer. See the Order Paper. Question #34 was deferred for two weeks.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Stuart Young, MP [Minister of Energy and Energy Industries and Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister]
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Hon. Brian Manning, MP [Minister in the Ministry of Finance]
Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Appointments to JSCs

The Leader of Government Business, Sen. Dr. Amery Browne, moved a motion for appointments to three Joint Select Committee in lieu of Mr. Nigel de Freitas and Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim.

Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Private Business: Motions
Proclaim the remaining sections of the Data Protection Act

Debate resumed on a Private Motion by Sen. Wade Mark asking the Senate to proclaim the remaining sections of the Data Protection Act. Nine members contributed to the debate before the adjournment.

Sen. Jearlean John [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Charrise Seepersad [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Allyson West [Minister of Public Administration]
Sen. Amrita Deonarine [Independent Senator]
Sen. Anil Roberts [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Paula Gopee-Scoon [Minister of Trade and Industry]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment calling on the Government to to advise on the effect of the decline in Natural Gas prices on the 2023 budget and on Trinidad and Tobago’s economy. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Colm Imbert, MP, responded.

Sen. Damian Lyder raised a matter regarding the state of vagrancy and street dwelling in the city of Port of Spain and its impact on business, national security, health and tourism. The Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox, responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Colm Imbert, MP [Minister of Finance]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The Sitting concluded at 6:41 p.m.