14th Sitting of the Senate

1st Session - 12th Republican Parliament

Tuesday 23 February, 2021
1:30 PM
Bills Brought From The House Of Representatives
The Tobago House of Assembly (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Tobago House of Assembly (Amendment) Bill is to be read a first time in the Senate.

Five Papers

There are five Papers to be laid. See the Order Paper.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Three Urgent Questions

Three Urgent Questions were posed. See the Appendix to the Order Paper for details.

Questions To Ministers: Oral Answer
Six Questions on Notice

Six Questions on Notice qualified for oral answer. See the Order Paper.

Motions Relating To The Business Or Sittings Of The House And Moved By A Minister Or Parliamentary Secretary
Adjustment of Speaking Time

The Leader of Government Business moved that the Senate agree to adjusting the Speaking time of Members to 45 minutes for the mover of the Motion, 40 minutes for the first responder and 30 minutes for all additional responders. The Motion was approved.

Private Business: Motions
Speaking Time of Senators

Sen. Wade Mark moved a Motion asking the Senate to revert to Speaking times as set out in the Standing Orders. Debate then began on the Motion with nine members making contributions before debate on the Motion was suspended.

Matter On The Adjournment
Strengthening of Press Freedom

Senator Mark raised as a Matter on the Motion for the Adjournment of the Senate, the need for the Government to bring to Parliament an amendment to the appropriate legislation to strengthen the protection of press freedom in light of a recent decision in the High Court The Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries responded.

Matter On The Adjournment
Freight Charges in US Dollars

Senator Mark then raised a second matter, the decision by several shipping companies to accept only US dollars as payment for freight charges for goods shipped into and out of this country and the impact of this decision on prices, employment and business activity. The Minister of Trade and Industry responded.

The Senate adjourns to Tuesday March 2, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

At the next Sitting, debate is expected on the Tobago House of Assembly (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Sitting ended at 6:34 p.m.