senate

Sittings

14th Sitting of the Senate

4th Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 26 March, 2024
1:30 PM
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Urgent Questions

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

Sen. Jayanti Lutchmedial-Ramdial [Opposition Senator]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Five Questions on Notice

Five questions qualified for oral answer. Question #27 was deferred for two weeks. Question #80 was withdrawn. See Order Paper.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, MP [Minister of National Security]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Kazim Hosein [Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries]
Private Business: Motions
Review of the Commissions of Enquiry Act, Chap. 19:01 and the public inquiry process

Independent Senator Anthony Vieira, S.C. moved a motion to review the Commissions of Enquiry Act, Chap. 19:01 and the public inquiry process. Six senators contributed to the debate before the adjournment of the Sitting.

Sen. Anthony Vieira SC [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Deoroop Teemal [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Dr. Amery Browne [Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs]
Sen. Dr. Tim Gopeesingh [Opposition Senator (Temporary)]
Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Matter On The Adjournment
Two Matters

Sen. Wade Mark raised a matter on the adjournment regarding the need for the Government to provide an update on any proposed amendments to the Industrial Relations Act, Maternity Act and other Labour Legislation to reflect International Labour Organization’s standards. The Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal, responded.

Sen. Dr. Paul Richards raised a matter on the adjournment namely the need to strengthen the approach to campaign financing legislation in preparation for the general elections due by 2025 in Trinidad and Tobago. The Attorney General, Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour, S.C. responded.

Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Renuka Sagramsingh-Sooklal [Minister in the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs]
Sen. Dr. Paul Richards [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Reginald Armour SC [Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs]
Adjournment
The Senate adjourned to a date to be fixed

The Senate brought greetings to the Baptist Community on the upcoming celebration of Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day, to the Christian Community on the upcoming celebration of Easter and to the Muslim Community on the upcoming celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr.

The Sitting concluded at 7:25 p.m.

Sen. Laurel Lezama-Lee Sing [Government Senator]
Sen. Wade Mark [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Sharda Patasar [Independent Senator]
Sen. Dr. Muhammad Yunus Ibrahim [Vice-President of the Senate]
Sen. Damian Lyder [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Hassel Bacchus [Minister of Digital Transformation]
Sen. David Nakhid [Opposition Senator]
Sen. Sunity Maharaj [Independent Senator]
Sen. the Hon. Donna Cox [Minister of Social Development and Family Services]